Have you made the promise to yourself that 2021 will be the year that you lead a more active lifestyle? Do you want to make a real effort to get up and get moving to improve your physical well-being? It’s also important to remember that an active lifestyle can also improve your mental well-being and who wouldn’t love to feel happier, less stressed, and just more energized in general?
The big step isn’t setting the goal though, it’s following through on it. To help get you started, here’s a look at five tips you can incorporate into your routine so that you can start living a more active lifestyle.
Stop Making Excuses
The first tip is easily the most important one, and that is to stop making excuses. It’s always going to be easier to put exercise off to another day or week, but then it never actually gets done. You want to stop with the excuses and make it a habit to be active each and every day. That doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym daily, it just means that you are engaging in some sort of physical activity for at least 30 continuous minutes each day.
Choose Activity that Doesn’t Seem Like Exercise
One big turn-off for many people out there is joining the gym. While it is fabulous for some, it’s really not going to be for everyone. That doesn’t mean you can’t get results, in fact, some of the most beneficial activities you can take part in don’t happen at the gym.
You may want to take the approach of engaging in activity that doesn’t necessarily feel like exercise. Some great examples include a dance class, swimming, playing a game of soccer or football with friends, biking, hiking, and Yoga. Each of these activities provides you with physical benefits yet they are far from a workout at the gym. Variety also helps to make exercise seem more exciting and fun.
Start Stretching on a Regular Basis
And let’s not forget that an active lifestyle doesn’t just include high impact exercise. A well-rounded approach is usually best. Stretches are something that often get overlooked, which is unfortunate because they will help your body in a number of ways. They help to ensure your joints stay flexible and strong, they can help to build muscle, help you improve balance, and even help you to bounce back from an intense workout that much faster.
You can start by looking up tips for stretching your quads, as quads can get very tight and sore. Did you know that even some knee and hip pain is actually a result of tight or shortened quads? From there, you can start to research other stretching tips and routines you can start to use.
Get Others to Join in the Fun
Working out and being active is also a lot more fun when you’ve got a partner or buddy to take part in it with you. That could be as simple as a running or walking partner, or someone that joins a class with you. It will also encourage the both of you to be accountable, as you don’t want to let each other down.
Get Yourself a Fitness Tracker
Last but certainly not least, you may want to consider investing in a wearable fitness tracker. They can provide you with all kinds of helpful information on your activity level, and also encourage you to try harder, challenge friends, and really stay on top of your goal.
Reap the Benefits
Finding ways to be more active really isn’t that hard, and it’s well worth the effort as you will quickly start to reap the benefits.