The end of summer can mean the end to all those fun outdoor activities, but it shouldn’t mean the end to being physically active. There’s no reason to start hibernating, just because the calendar page as turned. We all know the benefits of fitness. Being physically active is as important as dedicated “exercise,” so let’s keep that going even as the temperature (eventually!) cools.
There are so many ways to transforming a sedentary lifestyle into a more active one, starting with a basic: stand more and sitting less. If you work at a desk all day, create a workstation that requires you to stand (and therefore move). Think about creating opportunities to walk at lunchtime and before or after work. Use the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. Get off the subway a stop earlier than necessary, to get in brisk walk.
Add regular activities to your weekly routines, especially those that involve the whole family, such as bike rides, hikes, and walks around the neighborhood. Rethink things you do at home to try to sprinkle the physical exertions into your week days rather leaving it all to the weekend. If you garden, pull a few weeks or pluck some herbs at the end of the day to unwind. Make a point to work in daily active chores that take 10 minutes or less, like a quick cleaning job or bundling up recycling. And for the binge watching that happens to the best of us, keep some simple equipment like a yoga mat or resistance balls/bands near the TV so that you use your muscles even while watching your favorite zombies, renegades, or bachelors.
Research shows that after working out, people tend to take it easy the rest of the day, which can undermine all that hard work! There are countless opportunities to increase daily physical activity, if you make the effort to keep yourself on your toes.