Living Healthy Outside of the Gym
A new year means a fresh start, and for many of us that means evolving our lifestyles to be healthier and/or more active. We’ve been told that the only way to meet those goals is to hit the gym and replace bread with kale, but getting healthier means something different for everyone. There isn’t a “one size fits all” when it comes to finding a healthier path, and there are certainly a variety of ways to incorporate healthier choices into your day outside of eating salads and going to the gym.
So, what are some ways to live healthy outside of the gym? Let’s unpack this.
<h2> Add Cardio to Your Daily Routine
If your circumstances allow for it, walking or biking your way to and from work is a great choice to make.Of course this suggestion is based entirely on where you live and the type of commute that you have.
If walking or biking isn’t feasible for your commute, take small walks throughout the day. Taking 5-10 minutes once every hour or so gets you away from your computer and helps add to your recommended amount of daily activity. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, take a walk after work or after dinner, park further away in the parking lot when you get to work. If you want to go the extra mile, get a dog that will need a few walks every day!
<h2> Take Exercise Breaks at Work
This suggestion has been yelled from the rooftops for years, but people are still ignoring it. While it may seem strange to do squats at your desk, incorporating small workouts into your work day (this includes walk breaks!) is especially good for those of us that are staring at a computer screen for 8 hours every day.
Keep a small set of weights or kettlebells at your desk, get a yoga ball to sit on to strengthen your core, do squats on the way to a meeting, or do small sets of push ups or crunches every hour. Even just 5 minutes or so of bicep curls combined with a walk break every hour is going to make a huge difference.
<h2> Healthy Dinner Parties
If you’re a connoisseur of food but struggle to eat healthy, get a group of friends together for a healthy dinner party. This will give you an opportunity to try new recipes, learn new recipes from your friends, and learn what your favorite healthy food is. Plus, you get to be social and that’s always a plus.
<h2> Find An Active Hobby
Everyone has hobbies, but there are plenty that double as both a fun activity and a great way to be active. A new year is a great time to incorporate a new hobby into your routine, and there are a variety of ways to switch things up.
Did you play soccer when you were younger? Volleyball? Do you enjoy ice skating? Football? There are intramural leagues for pretty much any sport, any time of year for you to participate in whether you’re experienced or a rookie. Not only is this a great way to be active, it’s a great way to meet people and try something new. Take that dance class you’ve always wanted, try rock climbing, go for a hike, take up biking or rollerblading, the options are endless!
Building and maintaining healthy habits can be difficult, and is an individual process for everyone. Whether you take all of these tips or just one of them, making just one change can lead to many more. Dedicate yourself to evolve at least one bad habit into a healthy one, and you’ll be amazed at the positive changes you see!
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