Did you know that not leading an active lifestyle could be putting your health at risk? Sedentary people spend a lot of time sitting down, perhaps working a typical 9-5 desk job, but it doesn't make for very much exercise. People who live this type of lifestyle are at higher risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other serious conditions.
It may not always be the easiest route to commit to your health and fitness goals, but that extra effort can add years to your life. Working with a personal trainer will help motivate you and help you achieve your goals much faster, but it is not just about what you do in the gym.
Here are some small but important changes you can add to your health and fitness goals to change up your routine and get moving more when you're not in the gym:
Exercising With Your Favorite Shows -
There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done, and sometimes you want to chill in front of the TV instead of hitting the gym and doing some cardio. But why not do both and workout while you catch up on your shows? If you have a treadmill or exercise bike at home, you can position your equipment so you can kill two birds with one stone - and it can make your workout time go by faster.
Stretching Your Legs At Work -
Having a desk job can limit you to spending a lot of time sitting throughout the day. To get moving, try and get up each hour, take a stroll, go outside for a quick break or take your meetings on the go. If your office is not on the ground floor, take the staircase instead of the elevator, and park your car far off in the lot to add to your walk time before and after work.
Active Family Time -
Make active family time a priority. Take the kids to the park, take the dogs for a walk together, or challenge the family to a baseball or kickball game. If your family time destination is close enough, ditch the car and hop on your bike. It's a great way to involve the kids and teach them healthy lifestyle habits.
Committing to health and fitness goals and making sure to take extra steps to incorporate exercise into your daily routine may be hard at first, but the effort will have a major impact on your long-term health. Change isn’t easy, especially if your body isn’t used to a lot of physical exercise.
Find a personal trainer and gym that you like, and you will have a better chance of sticking to your health and fitness goals in and outside the gym. By putting these tips into action and prioritizing your health and fitness every day, you will find that it gets easier over time. If you haven't already, schedule your first consultation with one of our experienced personal trainers and get a jump start in achieving your health and fitness goals.