As little as a year ago, I was pretty obsessed with fitness and I would hit the gym at least 5 times a week, if not more. But somewhere along the way my interests changed and I wasn’t fired up to workout all day, errday.
I struggled with this shift in mentality for a while but I had an epiphany last month. I can still be healthy and fit even if I don’t work myself to exhaustion in the gym. It’s only been a month since I realised this, but my relationship with fitness has improved so much.
I still try to go to my local GoodLife Fitness about 2 – 3 times a week or get in a home workout but I’ve also started making a conscious effort to stay active throughout the day.
This is not something I did before because truthfully, I can be lazy AF. I’d much rather lounge around all day than do a tonne of activity. But now that I’m not going hard 5 days a week, moving everyday is pretty important.
So today I wanted to share a few little changes I’ve made in my life that stop me from becoming one with my furniture…out loud
3 tips to help you get active everyday
1. Stretch when you wake up
This is a habit I picked up over the summer when I would do yoga videos with my roommates every morning. I’m not as deep into my practice as I used to be but I still do a couple flows when I wake up to set myself up for the day. I find that when I start my day off this way, I’m more inclined to move around and stay active.
2. Walk whenever possible
When I was in university, I was able to take the bus for free so that’s what I did. But now that I actually have to pay for my own bus rides, I find myself walking a lot more. At first I wasn’t amused because like I said, I can be lazy.
But it turns out, even though I’m not a fan of running, I actually enjoy walking. Now, I walk to and from the grocery and most other places I need to go. And on the days that I don’t actually need to leave the house, I still try to get outside and walk around my neighbourhood.
3. Take active study/work breaks
This is a big one that I’m still working on but I think I’m getting better at it. Unless I’m in the kitchen, I spend most of my day sitting in front of the computer. I can go hours at a time without moving, especially if I’ve got snacks on hand. Great for productivity but not so much for my body.
So over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to take more breaks specifically to move around more. Even if it’s just walking down the stairs for some water or doing a couple lunges and squats. Because every little bit counts.
What about you?
Are you a naturally active person or do you have to remind yourself to move during the day? Favourite ways to stay active?
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This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program; however all opinions expressed are my own.