Did you know that what you’re doing during the day besides your daily exercise affects your overall wellness? According to a recent Runner’s World article, “casual runners getting in their 30 minutes of recommended physical activity shouldn’t confuse their workout effort for overall wellness.”
This wasn’t news to me since I’ve read other research stating that the more sedentary you are, the more likely you’re to have health issues. The bottom line is to stay active throughout the day, including a daily exercise time when you elevate your heart rate.
5 Ways to Stay Active All Day
As a busy mom of 5, here’s how I maintain a healthy, active lifestyle:
- When running errands, I park as far away from the store entrance as I can. Of course, doing errands involves walking, and I take the stairs when I can.
- Housework counts as movement whether you spend 10 minutes vacuuming, 5 minutes swiffering the kitchen floor, or moving around the house collecting items to put away.
- I hang my laundry. During the winter, I hang the laundry in the basement which does mean less movement. However, March through November, I carry the laundry basket up and down the stairs 2 to 3 times a day plus hang it up on our outside clothesline.
- As a blogger, I limit myself to 30 to 45 minute sessions broken up by 10 to 15 minutes or longer of housework. Generally, I try not to sit still for very long.
- I garden. From weeding to pruning to planting, gardening isn’t a heavy duty activity though it can keep you moving.
Bonus: As a person who can’t sit still for very long anyway, unless I’m sick or tired, I do activities with the kids that involve movement whether it’s standing at the side lines cheering on my soccer players or visiting a local museum.
Tracking Daily Activity
I’ve worn a Fitbit for almost 2 years (my anniversary is April 2nd). You can see my Fitbit stats daily if you’d like to see my level of activity. I wear mine attached to my bra and move it from bra to bra daily. At night, I wear the Fitbit in a band to track my sleep.
I haven’t worn the Fitbit for sleep tracking recently, though I plan to start again. Having my kids getting sick regularly for the past 3 months has upset my sleep a lot. I need to get myself back on track with good sleep habits.
My Fitbit links to my MapMyRun app which I use for tracking workouts and daily food intake. Since I am working on losing 10 lbs., I find tracking food and exercise helps me stay motivated to make the right choices each day.
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