Let’s face it: moving is hard. When you have a busy schedule and little time to spare, it’s easy to fall into the habit of sitting at your desk all day instead of taking a few minutes out for some movement (or “exercise,” if you’re into that word). But it turns out that even simple movement can give you more energy and reduce stress levels—and there are plenty of small things you can do throughout your day to get started on an active lifestyle.
Maria’s 3 Tips To Incorporate Movement In Your Day
1. It’s okay to start slow.
If you’re a complete newbie when it comes to fitness, or if you have been away from exercise for a while and want to start again, there are a few things that you can do to get you moving in no time. The best way to get going is to get up! Move around the office, stretch, take a walk around the block, or go for a run at lunch time. If you’re interested in getting some exercise before bedtime too, there are plenty of ways to do so.
2. Start with just 3 minutes.
Try moving around for 3 minutes. Then move around for 5 minutes, and so on. You can either do the same activity or switch it up. For example, if you’re walking around, try some squats or sit-ups while walking. Or if you’re doing a few stretches at your desk, squat down and touch your toes once in a while to mix things up! Just take regular breaks from sitting down during the day by getting up and moving throughout the day and see how much better you feel when it comes time to call it quits after work.
3. It can be as simple as taking a walk.
Walking is a great way to get moving. It’s easy, it doesn’t require any special equipment or a gym membership, and you can do it anywhere. Walking is also effective because it gets your body moving without requiring much effort on your part—you can take as many breaks as you need without feeling guilty about skipping out on exercise altogether.
You may have heard that walking boosts brain power and helps with memory retention, but that’s not all! Walking can help reduce stress levels, improve sleep quality, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels—all things that are good for your overall health and well-being (and happiness!).
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and are able to incorporate them into your life. Remember: it’s important to be kind to yourself as you try out new habits, so don’t feel discouraged if the journey doesn’t go perfectly at first. Our bodies are designed for movement and activity, not sedentary lifestyles! So if you can find ways to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine—even just a few minutes at a time—you will be well on your way toward improving your health and happiness.
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