No more excuses!
Get moving whether it’s at the gym, on a treadmill at home or a walk in the park. A recent study published by The Lancet confirms that exercise is key to living a longer life. They conducted this international research involving over 130,000 people from different backgrounds and economic situations. They said that 30 minutes of daily workout or 150 minutes per week is the magic number for living longer. Any activity that gets your body moving and increases your heart rate is good and can lower your risk of death by 28 percent and lower risk of heart disease by 20 percent.
This is great news for those of us that love to exercise and break a sweat but for those that are not into fitness, here are some ways to get your heart rate up and get your body movin and groovin:
- Take a break from your day and go for a walk. If you have an office job, grab a co-worker and enjoy a stroll outside even around the building instead of sitting at your desk and eating.
- Make a point to take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators. Remember, every little bit counts so don’t shy away from taking the long way. Park your car as far as possible when going to the supermarket.
- Get a workout buddy so you can keep each other on track with getting a workout. Make plans to meet up few days a week for at least 30 minutes walk, jog or run.
- Move your body while you’re watching your favorite T.V. show at night. If you have a bike at home, hop on the bike and if don’t have exercise equipment, then pull up a yoga mat and do lunges or weights while watching T.V.
- Pick up hobbies that make you move and be active. 30 minutes of gardening can burn as much as 150 to 300 calories and get your heart rate up.
The key takeaway is that you need to make exercise a part of your life and always be active. Any movement of the body is better than none so regardless of your living situation, you can make it work for you if you’re committed to your health.
Cheers to a healthier body and mind.