How many minutes of physical activity do you get each day? If it’s less than 30 minutes, you’re not alone. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), only 1 in 5 adults meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which includes 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity.1
We know physical activity is beneficial for our health, so why aren’t we getting more of it? In today’s fast-paced world, most people don’t have the time to fit as much regular physical activity into their busy schedules as they’d like. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find simple ways to incorporate more movement into your routine. Did you know that non-exercise activity (no sweating required!) can burn up to an additional 350 extra calories per day?2
We’ve compiled a list of 5 simple and creative ways to sneak more activity into your everyday routine:
1. Park farther away
Every step counts, so why not park a little farther away from your destination? This will allow you to get some quality steps in, and as a bonus, you’ll be able to enjoy a little more time outside. Plus, it can alleviate any stress you may have about finding the closest available parking spot.
2. Take a lap on the way to the loo
Though it might be tempting to use the closest bathroom at the office (even if it's your home-office), making the time to walk to the other end of the building - or your house - can accumulate more steps than you’d imagine. Take it a step further, use a bathroom that is up or down a flight of stairs.
3. Replace your water bottle with a smaller cup
Drinking water throughout the day is essential, as is regular movement. Instead of filling up a large water bottle and slowly sipping it throughout the day, try using a regular-sized glass, and fill it up regularly. Even small, frequent trips to the kitchen can boost your overall daily activity.
4. Stand up and stretch every hour
The adverse effects of prolonged sitting include an increased risk of high blood pressure or coronary heart disease and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.3 Try setting an alarm or reminder on your phone every 30-60 minutes to take a minute or two to stand up and stretch your legs before getting back to work.
5. Take a walk on your lunch break
You may feel like a mid-day break will halt your work progress, but taking the time to get some fresh air and go for a walk at lunch can reduce your stress levels.5 Feeling like you’re in a creative slump? A recent study6 found walking could enhance your productivity and creativity. Try partnering with a friend for added accountability and to make your time outside a bit more fun.
Ready to incorporate more movement and nutritionally balanced meals into your routine? Book your free appointment with Jenny Craig and start achieving the results you want!
Elisa is a content marketing manager for Jenny Craig with over ten years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. A San Diego native and an endurance sports enthusiast, you can usually find her swimming, biking along the coast highway or running by the beach in her free time. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Chico.
Favorite healthy snack: mozzarella string cheese with a Pink Lady apple.
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