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7 Tips to Adopt an Active Lifestyle

Work has become more competitive than ever before, and our work life is gradually taking over our personal life. It has become increasingly tough to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as we rarely seem to have any time and effort to spare. However, exercise is essential for our physical and mental health, so that we can be productive in our work. To cope with this dilemma, the physical exercise or activity should be carried out in such a way that it does not hamper our work schedule and is very effective at the same time. The good news is that this is possible with a few changes in our lifestyle and habits.

Talking about the habits – you have to ensure that our commute to and from work and our stay at work itself involves physical activity. Most people prefer to drive to work, use lifts instead of stairs, talk to colleagues over the phone instead of walking up to them, etc. After returning home, they usually just sit and relax. During weekends, they may go out and have dinner in a restaurant with friends and family. These are acceptable ways of living your life, but in order to maintain good health, we need to change this pattern. It does not take a lot of time and effort to introduce a little ripple in our routine, as the tips below will show.

Consider walking or riding a bicycle to work. If you live far from your workplace, you can take public transport or park your car some distance away and walk the rest of the way. This is a great way to get an early morning workout in addition to helping the environment.

Once in your office, take the stairs instead of the lift. If your floor is high up, you can get down a few floors below and then take the stairs. Climbing stairs is an extremely beneficial exercise for your muscles and joints, particularly in your legs and lower body.

When communicating with you colleagues in the office, walk over to them whenever you do not need to send an email. This way, you can ensure that you get some exercise by walking inside your office. Apart from providing exercise to your muscles, it will also improve your interpersonal skills.

If you have the time, try taking a walk after a meal break at work, or even during a coffee break. If your office has a lawn or a large compound, it can be relaxing as well.

If you are into sports, join a sports team in your office.

At home, when watching television or reading, consider doing it on a treadmill or an exercise bike.

On weekends, go on trips that involve physical activity. Hiking and trekking are good examples. You can also try swimming or the local sports centre. If you have kids, you could visit a paintball arcade. You could even visit a museum and walk around seeing the various exhibits.

In addition to these tips, there are plenty of other ways of adopting an active lifestyle. Pick the ones that suit you and interest you the most. It is more important to stay committed to your new routine till it becomes second nature. This can ensure that you stay active and healthy without having to visit the gym.

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