We all know that we need to stay active, right? In case you forgot, here is a little reminder of why you should keep moving.

  • Staying active can improve your mood and decrease feelings of anxiety and depression.
  • Exercising regularly promotes a healthy immune system.
  • An active lifestyle helps you lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, back pain, osteoporosis.
  • Engaging in regular exercise can promote a better sex life.
  • Staying active can improve brain function and memory.
  • Exercise can also improve your sleep quality.

Unfortunately, knowing the benefits of physical activities is not enough to take action and go to the gym. It would help if you had more motivation, which tend to lack sometimes. Maybe you just don’t have time. Don’t worry; we got you! Here are five everyday activities that can help you stay active without going to the gym.


1- Move yourself

Whether you are going to school, work, or run some errands, take your bike or walk instead of taking your car. Not only will you burn some calories, but you will also help the environment.
When you have your car, try to park further from where you are going. If you are one of the people who find it weird to pace while on the phone, well, you should give it a try! New research from Iowa State University suggests that light physical activity like walking around while on the phone or standing while cooking contributes to a more significant total calorie burn. (1)
Overall, avoid sitting for a long time; every step counts. You can get a wristband pedometer. Some pedometers have a reminder of movement every hour.

2- Take the stairs

More and more people are taking the stairs and skipping the elevator because of its benefits. Some researchers have found that brief, intense stair climbing can improve cardiovascular health. (2)
Climbing stairs at a moderate intensity should burn five calories a minute for a 55-kg person. (3)
Taking the stairs can also strengthen your muscles and help maintain healthy bones and joints.

3- Wash your car

Washing your car is a simple activity that is considered as a good home exercise. This is an excellent reason to skip the drive-thru car wash. When you are washing and scrubbing your car, you are continually moving. Cleaning a vehicle usually takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. It is a great amount of time you will spend in motion. You will be amazed by the number of calories you can burn by doing it by yourself.

4- Do some gardening

Imagine you can grow healthy, organic fruits and vegetables and also burn calories at the same time. Isn’t that great? When you are digging, weeding, mowing lawns, ranking, you will definitely burn some fat. Gardening requires various movements that can help you tone your abdominal muscles, arms, thighs, and buttocks. Gardening is also good for your mental health. If you like gardening, but you don’t have a backyard, you can always try indoor gardening.

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5- Do those chores

Most of us don’t enjoy doing house chores like laundry, washing dishes, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, and the list goes on. There are some we hate more than others. But if you think of these chores as exercise, you will be a little more motivated. Many studies suggest that doing house chores is just as effective as a workout.
Try to make it fun. You can put your favorite music, dance in between your chores. Not only you won’t see time pass, but you will also sweat and burn many calories.

References

1-https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(20)30136-7/fulltext
2-https://journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/Fulltext/2017/02000/Brief_Intense_Stair_Climbing_Improves.10.aspx
3-https://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/health/nutrition/19fitness.html

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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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