Increasing your activity level does not have to be challenging or even compromising. There are many small things that you can do throughout your day to increase activity.
Increase Your Daily Activity Level
As trainers, we might sound like broken records, but here are some obvious ways you can increase your activity level (including some seasonal ideas).
- Go for a walk
- Bike instead of drive
- Park farther away from the building
- Take the stairs
- Play with your kids/grandkids
- Go to the gym
- Clean the house
- Plant a garden (spring/summer)
- Mow the lawn more frequently (spring/summer)
- Work on your landscaping (spring/summer)
- Rake the leaves (autumn)
- Shovel snow (winter)
Other Noteworthy Options
One of the best ways to increase your activity level is finding your “play.” By that, I mean find an activity that keeps you on your feet but because you enjoy it, you’ll get lost in the fun and be distracted from the actual exertion. Ideas for these can include hiking, golfing, tennis, basketball, hockey, soccer, volleyball, or any other recreational sport.
Find every excuse to stand up. Sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health. If you have a job where you sit for most of your day, consciously make an effort to get up and walk around once every hour.
Take your time. If you find yourself doing some type of physical work, make it last longer. As long as you have the time, this will keep you on your feet for more of the day.
Being more active is the first step toward a healthier you. Doing what you enjoy is going to help everything stick long-term. Take same time to see what works best for you and continue to find new activities that you enjoy and keep you moving. Your body will thank you.
I am always happy to help you work toward a healthier future. Feel free to set up a free fitness consultation and we can see what works best for you.Set up a Free Fitness Consultation
Written by Curt Minter, Certified Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club – North Shore and Elite Sports Club – River Glen.
Curt has a B.S. in Health and Human Performance from UW Platteville, is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and American Sports and Fitness Association Cycling Instructor. He specializes in Balance, Strength, Endurance, Weight Management, Fitness Event Preparation, Energizing and Enjoyable Fitness, and Health & Wellness Guidance. Curt lives by the philosophy of “Every Journey Starts With A Single Step.” – Lao Tze. And he believes that no matter where you are in your life it is never too late for a healthy start.