These days, many of us are less active than we were a mere two months ago. For starters, we have fewer places to go and are in less of a hurry (nevertheless feeling as frazzled as ever). But also, simply being at home can completely throw off our schedules and routines. Still, we need to stay active for our physical and mental health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise. This breaks down to 30 minutes a day, which is manageable, right? Maybe that’s easier said than done when we’re juggling so much already. Wondering how to stay active at home? Here are a few easy ways:
Get a pedometer
The average American takes about 3,000 steps a day, which is about a mile and a half, though many experts agree we should aim for 10,000 steps. Simply walking more every day has been proven to reduce diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression and high blood pressure. If you have a device counting your steps, you’ll know where you stand (literally) and will be able to stay on track daily. You might find going up and down the stairs a few more times or taking a brisk walk around the block isn’t all that hard to fit in.
Say no to sitting
Sitting for long periods of time can actually increase your risk of chronic health problems. Before you sit down, ask yourself if you can do the same task while standing (or even better, while walking). Did you know that several companies make exercise bike desks now? That’s right: you can cycle while you work! Another great option would be a stand-up desk, which is essentially a desk that’s bar-counter-height and forces you to stand. Finally, if you must sit, consider sitting on an exercise ball which forces you to engage your core for stability without even knowing it.
Turn on a workout video
Never before have there been so many fitness videos at our fingertips. Between all of the various subscription services and all of the free videos on YouTube, you’re bound to find an at-home workout you like. Maybe yoga is not your thing. How about Pilates? Weight lifting? Zumba? Tai chi? Calisthenics? Whether you pick something fun or challenging, just give it a try.
This will be an easy task if you have kids. (If not, just unleash your inner child!) You’ve got to burn off their energy anyway, so break out the jump ropes, Twister game, bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, and actually play with them. Model healthy habits for them while getting your daily dose of movement at the same time. Put on a YouTube dance tutorial, or reach back into your memory and pull out those games from your own childhood like musical chairs and freeze tag.
Foster a dog
Who better to force you to get up and get active multiple times a day?! Animal shelters in your area may be hurting from this pandemic, and offering a dog a temporary home could be just what you both need.
At Reza Chiropractic, benefit from chiropractic care so your at-home movements continue to make a difference. Dr. Reza can also show you corrective exercises unique to your needs and lifestyle. Contact us today to make an appointment.