Happy National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!
Physical activity is great for improving fitness, easing anxiety and depression, managing stress, and reducing the risk for chronic diseases. Staying active not only maintains your health but also improves your well-being.
It can be fairly easy to add physical fitness into your daily routine, and it doesn’t require a significant amount of time. For example, if you sit for long periods, schedule regular breaks to get up and move. Stretching is a great way to improve your posture and lower your cardiovascular risk. You should try to stretch a few times throughout the day. Strength training is achievable during the day as well. You can keep light dumbbells or resistance bands at your desk to use when taking a 5-minute break. Depending on the amount of time you have, consider using a portion of your lunch break to get away from your desk and enjoy the outdoors. There are several apps that can serve as a reminder to step away from your computer and move.
There are also many ways to get active while at work. You can stretch and dance to your favorite music at your desk or climb stairs in your building instead of taking the elevator. Whether you do calf raises while waiting for the copier or walk in place while talking on the phone, everything you do is cumulative and adds up to get your blood moving again. Physical fitness can run the gamut and doesn’t have to be limited to just running or going to the gym. The key is to identify forms of fitness that you enjoy. Consider activities outside of work such as jumping rope, hula hooping, washing the car, flinging a frisbee, playing tennis, vacuuming the house, shooting hoops, tossing the bocce ball, and so much more!
Overall, you don’t have to go to a gym for hours at a time to incorporate physical fitness into your daily routine. Allotting small bits of time throughout your day for physical fitness will be of incredible benefit.