The benefits of getting moving are undeniable. Increasing your activity level can aid your heart-health and overall well-being. However, you don’t necessarily have to go for a rigorous walk or break a sweat at a fitness class. In fact, you may be surprised at all the simple opportunities there are in everyday life to get moving. It can be something unassuming, such as dancing in the kitchen or even working in your garden. Check out these six activities that don’t even feel like work.
Sitting all day at work can be detrimental to your health, raising your risk for heart disease and weight gain, so take the time to stand up, shake out your legs and renew your focus with your work. Ask your employer to provide a sit-stand desk, or schedule walking meetings with colleagues to get moving and some fresh air. Ask a colleague to take a walk around the building with you if your meeting together doesn’t require anything more high-tech than a conversation.
Play in the water
Splashing in the waves at the beach or swimming a few laps at the pool is always a nice leisurely way to have some fun in the sun. However, swimming is a low-impact exercise and the perfect activity for all physical levels because of its gentle resistance and overall benefit in improving endurance. Even if you are not the strongest swimmer, grab a kickboard and get in some laps trying out different kicks.
Go to the park with your kids
If your kids have been logging too many hours on smartphones and tablets, you can feel good knowing that getting them moving outside is good for their health, too. Head over to the park and play fun games, such as ‘pirates’ on the play equipment, ‘Simon Says’ or kick around a soccer ball. All these activities can be a positive bonding experience and get in some serious movement.
Be a dancing machine
Crank up the tunes and get your groove on–it’s time to dance! Whether you’re at a special event that calls for getting on the dance floor or doing the two-step around your kitchen, dancing is one activity that certainly does not feel like work. It’s a cardio exercise that works your core while strengthening and toning muscles.
Go to a theme park
Going to your nearest fair or theme park is an easy way to rack up your daily steps and have fun with your family and friends. By walking around all day, you’ll boost your calorie burn, work those leg muscles and even get to enjoy your favorite attractions.
Grow your food
From tomatoes to zucchini, the vegetables and fruit you’ll reap from a garden you tend will provide healthy, nutritious food to positively supplement your meal plan. Plus, did you know gardening is also an activity that can burn additional calories? Just getting your hands dirty with a little weeding or shrub trimming can help burn around 180 calories in 30 minutes.
Edited by Kari - Jenny Craig