17 Aug Extra Cardio When and Where You Can
We’re all busy people (Well most of us) and with such a busy schedule it’s hard to find time to exercise or fit in some extra cardio. Sitting all day can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Working out is great if you have the time but moving throughout the day can increase your health over time.
Experts recommend 150 minutes per week. That’s just 30 minutes a day for 5 days. If you’re not able to make it to the gym everyday, check out these super convenient ways of squeezing in that cardio.
Sounds easy enough right? Use a phone call as an excuse to get out of your office chair, walk around and fit in some extra cardio. If you can, try and get outside and get some sun. Two birds, one stone! There are some awesome DIY projects you can check out that will help you create your own standing desk. Standing up more will increase blood flow throughout your body and help you be more productive at work. So start standing more!
Walk to Work ( Or Park Far Away)
If you live close by, start walking to work. Even riding your bike is better than driving. If you must drive then try parking far away. Get as far away from the door as you can and put some miles on your shoes and extra cardio in your life. Your body will thank you for it down the road (pun intended).
Ditch the Elevator
Stair climbing will strengthen your lungs and heart and add some definition to your legs. Studies show that taking a flight of stairs will trigger your body to release a type of neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy and calm.
Extra Cardio Laps!
Instead of using your break to stare at what your brothers sisters second cousins dog is doing on Facebook or Instagram, get out of your seat and walk around the block. If you’re not at work, do some laps around the grocery store or neighborhood.
Use commercials while watching TV as an excuse to stand up. Walk around your couch or up your stairs. Your dog might think you’re crazy but chances are they already think that.
Your health should always come first. If you don’t have time to hit the gym or go on a run, use the tips above to help you squeeze in some type of physical activity. Small amounts of exercise throughout the day might not seem like enough, but in the long run that time will add up. Of course if you have time, hit the gym, but even if you’re hitting the gym everyday your body can always use the extra activity.