It’s no secret that staying active every day goes a long way to boosting your health and fitness. Movement is a key factor, along with diet, sleep and a calm mind – maintaining a balanced and healthy body and mind. But with our fast-paced lives, social commitments and family responsibilities, squeezing time in to hit the gym every day can be daunting. It isn’t really that difficult though. Fit in a minute here, another there, and you’ll soon realise that staying active doesn’t need to be so challenging. Here are a few ways you can do that easily day to day.
This first one is a no-brainer. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or the escalator whenever you can. If you have to climb two floors or less, take the stairs. Same if you need to go down three floors or less. By doing so, you not only burn off a few extra calories but also build up some leg muscle strength. Keep track of your steps, floors climbed and heart rate with the Fitbit Blaze™ Smart Fitness Watch. It not only monitors your movement, but also tracks sleep patterns and its built-in GPS tracking is great for the times you head out on a run.
Here’s one we often ignore. Your body comprises of 60% water content, and needs it for almost every task it performs. Many of our body aches, post-workout pains, headaches and other ailments can actually be lessened if we simply drink more water. Staying hydrated can also reduce general aches and pains as well as feelings of hunger, so those mid-meal snack binges can finally be controlled. Sip on this natural cleanser as often as you can by carrying a water bottle with you. Try out the Avex Wells Autospout® Water Bottle with its spill-proof design. It delivers a sip with the press of a button and closes back down to prevent any germs getting in.
Your body was made to move. Get outside and take a walk as often as you can. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long trek, even a 5 to 10 minute walk during your lunch break can go a long way to getting your heart pumping along with fresh air to re-energise you. Find innovative ways to get moving throughout your day, like parking away from the main entrance to the mall, work or school. It gets you to walk a bit further than you’re used to and adds up to your movement at the end of the day. Keep stepping with the adidas Ultra Boost Shoe for men that features a boost™ midsole for ultimate cushioning and energy return, as well as a Primeknit upper that delivers a sock-like fit and expands with your foot as you move.
Your heart rate says a lot about your health. Since your heart is a muscle, it gets stronger as you exercise it. Raising your heart rate through exercise to a certain target rate will help your cardiovascular system to work more efficiently. That’s why it is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity in daily. One good way to safely raise your heart rate is through aerobic exercises. Start with simple activities like walking and basic water aerobics, then move up to higher-impact activities like swimming laps, skipping, riding a bicycle and rock climbing. Keep track of your heart rate with the Fitbit Charge HR Activity Wristband. Its PurePulse™ technology continuously monitors heart rate, while a Smart Track™ feature recognises certain activities and records them automatically.
Our 9 to 5 jobs have us slouched in our chairs, harming not only our postures but also making us feel quite lazy and lethargic. Make a change by standing up whenever you can. It uses more energy and helps with your posture. Stand straight, push your shoulders back and then lower them. It not only corrects your posture but also gives you a more confident look. Go even further by taking that conference call standing up, having standing meetings or getting yourself a standing desk. Keeping you on your toes will go a long way to keeping yourself fit. Stay on your feet in the Nike Roshe One Flyknit Shoes for women, which feature a Flyknit upper that moulds to the foot and a one-piece midsole/outsole that offers flexibility and soft cushioning.
It’s the small changes in our lives that add up to a healthier, active state. As long as you’re moving and you get that heart pumping away, you’re making progress. Add activities to your day that you love doing like dancing or skateboarding, and pretty soon you’ll find yourself doing it more often. Get started on your road to a fitter you by checking out the complete range of training products online at Sun & Sand Sports. Subscribe to the SSS newsletter for updates on how you can stay healthy and active.