Did you know that every hour you sit reduces your life expectancy by 22 minutes??!! That's double the effect of smoking a cigarette! We all know that exercise and eating healthy is the key to getting us the bodies and health we want, but along with a solid exercise and diet program there is one other thing you can do to help things along. MOVE!
Here are some ways you can move more in your life, without it feeling like a training session! You're still burning calories and improving you health, but you may also be improving your relationships, home, mood and energy levels at the same time. Who said multi-tasking was difficult?!!
1) Make it a Family Affair
With everyone in the family on their iPhone or tablet all the time, even when we're together, it can often feel like we're worlds apart. Why not get the family together and go on a day out - hire some bikes, or choose a challenging walk and take along a healthy picnic to motivate you to reach a certain point on the trail. Perhaps organise surf lessons as a family or enjoy a relaxing day at the beach, but mix in some active beach games throughout the day.
2) Pole Position
Pole dancing has become a really popular way for women to meet up with friends once a week, have a giggle, get fit and learn a new sexy skill that boyfriends and husbands can enjoy too!
3) Back to School
There's nothing that makes your heart sing as much as watching your kids play outdoors, but instead of sitting back and watching - why not get involved? Whether it's hula-hooping, space-hopping, a game of cricket - release your inner child and get involved!
4) Smells like Team Spirit
Being a member of a team has massive benefits if you want to make more friends, feel part of something, work as part of a team to achieving a goal not to mention what it can do for your social life. Whether it's netball, volleyball, soccer, cheerleading - joining any club can give you the extra motivation to commit to exercise, even when you least feel like it, as you won't want to let your team-mates down.
5) Dancin', Dancin'
A night out with the girls may be just what you need, but to make a night out something that can help your health, rather than hinder it, try to alternate alcoholic beverages with water throughout the night. If you can, have two glasses of water or orange juice to each glass of alcohol to keep the calories down, whilst still having fun. Mainly though you want to MOVE! Let your hair down and dance the night away. If the club scene isn't really your thing anymore, organise a girly day out where you learn a dance routine together, perhaps followed by a spa or stay in a hotel. You'll all have heaps of fun, followed by relaxation and it's a great alternative to booze or a heavy meal out.
6) Walk 'n' Talk
Instead of calling or texting your girlfriend to catch up on the week's gossip, arrange a regular weekly catch up where you go for a walk together. Set the pace where it's challenging to have a conversation, but where you can still catch up the latest news with each other. A fantastic way to catch up with friends where it doesn't involve a coffee or glass of wine.
7) Do a Spring Clean
Ok, so perhaps not the most motivating idea on the list but cleaning your home can be a great way to keep moving throughout the day and burn lots of calories. Then at the end you have the satisfaction of a sparkling clean pad, an organised mind and a huge sense of achievement.
8) Skip the Lift
You've heard it a million times I'm sure, but rather than taking an elevator, use the stairs instead! Not only will it contribute to your cardio activity each day, but it's a fantastic form of exercise when it comes to your heart as it lowers bad cholesterol levels and relieves tension and stress that can have adverse effects on your ticker.
I'm sure you can think of at least 5 more ways during each day where you can be active as opposed to static. It's easy once you get in to the habit and even though you will only be making small changes, (for example, getting up from your chair at work to go and speak to someone in accounts, rather than calling them), you'll be making dramatic changes to your health and fitness. Happy Moving!