Updated Physical Activity Guidelines were released last month urging us all to sit less and move more, and reminding us that even small amounts of extra daily activity can be beneficial. I know that for me personally, it can be easy to get stuck in an “all-or-nothing” mindset where, if I can’t do a full workout, I don’t bother doing anything. This is unfortunate because any extra movement is better than nothing. I’ve even noticed the number on the scale slowly creep up when I skip my midday mini walks and evening strolls with my dogs. If you’re trying to stay active, but don’t have the time for a full workout class or visit to the gym, try this activity originally featured in a previous version of My Day One, the TOPS ready-set-go guide for healthy living.
- Grab a notebook and write an hour-by-hour breakdown of all your routine activities for three days, including a Saturday or Sunday. This will give you an idea of how often you’re moving throughout the day.
- Next, take a look at your three days and start thinking about ways to add more activity or steps. For example, you could march in place while making dinner or add an extra block to your usual walking route.
- Gradually adding more steps to your day won’t make you lose twenty pounds in ten days or give you the so-called “perfect” body, but it will give you more energy to do the things you love with the people you care about.
Tell me how you stay active throughout the day in the comments section! And if you’re looking for a fun way to keep moving during the holiday hustle and bustle, check out the 12 Days of Fitmas featured on the Official TOPS Facebook page.