In Swedish there is the expression ‘vardags motion’ which translates into English as daily or constitutional exercise. It means little, light exercise often, as opposed to much exercise at once. It is the opposite of going to the gym only a few times a month – this is something you do every day. It doesn’t make you exhausted or sweaty and you can keep your normal clothes and your favourite caroline temple jewellery on.
It is easy to become completely demotivated by draining exercise and put off by the idea of ever walking through gym doors ever again. That is why daily exercise, little but often, makes sense and is the perfect way of staying fit.
So What Can You do that Qualifies as Daily Exercise?
Use the Stairs Instead of the Lift
This is a no brainer that will make a big difference throughout the course of a year. At work, at the train station, at the shopping mall – anywhere where there is the option to take the stairs instead of the lift. Walking up stairs makes your legs stronger and your bum fitter. It also adds to the overall fat uptake of the entire body.
Get an Adjustable Standing Desk
It’s becoming increasingly popular in offices and at home to shuck out the regular desk and install a standing desk. They can be very expensive but you can also get a cheap one from one of the major furniture retailers for around £100 instead of £3000. They are good because you can stand up when you fancy it and sit down when you’d rather do that, as they are easily adjustable.
Go out for a Walk Every Lunch or Get a Dog
It makes a big difference to get up and move for 20 minutes or so every lunch. Why don’t you go out for a walk before or after lunch? Leave Facebook, Twitter and your email and go for a walk instead. It won’t only keep you fitter, it will make you feel more energised in the afternoon and the hours will seem to pass quicker. Research was carried out on people who were slightly overweight and don’t like to exercise. They were asked to power walk for 20 minutes during every lunch. People dropped an average of half a stone within two months of going for regular lunch walks. Getting a dog is another great way to get out.
Walk or Cycle to Work or to the Train Station
Don’t get the bus for short journeys and don’t drive down to the convenience store if you’re only going to get milk. Walk or cycle it instead. You will enjoy getting some fresh air at the same time. People are starting to cycle more and more and cycle lanes are being improved around the country.
Don’t Eat More than You Need To
Many people have a large appetite which is healthy in itself – but today meals have grown with plates being produced bigger than they used to be and people simply eat more than their bodies require. You are not supposed to feel tired and overfull after you eat. The feeling of being full actually comes after 20 minutes, not just when you’ve finished your meal.
Be More Active in Your Spare Time and when Socialising with Friends
Instead of going to the pub every time you meet up with your friends, go out for bowling or anything else where you don’t sit still for hours.
In general, move more and sit less, just like you did when you were a child. Have fun with it.
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