Many people think that in order to be fit and healthy they have to take out time from their busy days to go to the gym or do some sort of special physical activities. But while these things do help in making you fit and keeping you in shape, these are far from the only things you can do in order to stay active.
Keeping that in mind, we are going to talk about some simple, everyday activities and hobbies you can take up that’ll keep you fitter than sitting down on a desk all day.
- Make Sure to Walk
One of the worst things you can do to your body is sitting down all day. We understand that most jobs do require you to spend a good chunk of your day sitting in front of a laptop, but you can do little things to keep your body moving. For example, if you have to take a phone call, just get up and start walking while you talk. Or if you need something from the printer, just take a stroll around the office while your work is being printed. If you have two minutes to spare from your work, just get up and stretch a little.
One great way to motivate yourself to do all of this while in the office is to use a basic fitness band or smartwatch. Whether you believe in these devices’ utility or not, we can tell you by experience that the hourly vibration on your wrist reminding you to just stretch a little bit is enough to make you take a small break.
- Take Up a Hobby
If you like being active but don’t want to go to the gym, then you can take up a hobby that allows you to enjoy being active. Photography is a prime example of such hobbies. Not only will you be mentally aware of your surroundings at all times when photographing but you’ll also have a great excuse to walk around. And with all the great HDR editors available these days, you won’t ever have a reason not to go out and take photos even in bad lighting or weather conditions.
- Fix Your Posture
If you simply do have to sit all day and can’t move around too much, then try to fix your posture so that you don’t develop back pain. Use some sort of support for your back while sitting in a chair to keep your posture as ideal as possible. You can also change your pillow for better support while sleeping.
So as you see, going to the gym isn’t always necessary to take care of your body. Just make little changes in your everyday lives and you’ll see how they stack up to make a real difference in your lifestyle.