Most of us know that we should probably be exercising more than we are to improve our heart health. However, many people don’t realize that the American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.
That number can sound high, but rest assured – you can easily work toward this goal by making a few simple changes to your normal daily routine.
1. Take the Stairs
We know that escalator is tempting, but if you’re serious about getting more exercise, the staircase is a great place to start. A few trips up and down the stairs can do wonders for your exercise goals.
2. Park Farther Away
As valuable as that prime parking near the front door is, pass it up and head to the back. Your heart health will improve by getting in a longer walk to the entrance.
3. Walk and Talk
We all talk on the phone a lot, so why not make use of that time? Next time you’re on a call, get out of your chair and walk during your conversation.
4. Add Laps around the Store
When you’re out running errands, doing a few laps around the store or the mall can be a quick way to work some exercise in. Plus, you were going there anyway, so there’s really no excuse to not get a little exercise during your shopping spree.
5. Change Social Activities
The next time you go out with your friends, pick an activity that’s active over your usual sedentary brunch routine. Whether it’s golf, Pilates or a walk around the block, both your wallet and your waistline will thank you.