Quick Changes For A Healthier You!

Our bodies weren’t made for sitting still, but more and more the demands of modern life are requiring humans to be sedentary. Current health guidelines suggest that most people get 150 minutes of cardio per week, but very few hit that goal, and much less do it consistently. However, studies have shown that just a small change in levels of physical activities can have a drastic effect on health.

With this in mind, what are some small ways that you can adjust your life to get incrementally more exercise? First of all, walk as much as you can. Instead of taking a lunch meeting, make it a walk-and-talk and get some fresh air. Take the stairs whenever possible, and park your car as far away from the store entrance as possible. Walk to neighborhood stores instead of driving, and make sure your kids go too. The more they pick up on the fact that walking places isn’t a big deal, that it is in fact enjoyable, the more they’ll form healthier habits for later life.

You can also build small routines into your mornings and evenings that can be helpful even if you can’t make it to the gym. Take five minutes in the morning to lay out a mat or towel and do all those high school gym stretches that you haven’t used for 20 years – they’ll really help loosen you up for the day. And in the evening, do some further stretches with short, 10 minute Pilates core workouts mixed in. You’ll immediately notice a change in the way you feel, and your doctor will notice too!