As we continue to focus on physical fitness during the month of May – National Physical Fitness and Sports Month – this week we’ll be tapping into physical fitness and adults. Unlike children who can be easily motivated to go outside and play, adults are quite the opposite. We are responsible for our own actions and there aren’t any parents, teachers, or other adults pushing us out the door or encouraging us to be active. Since us adults have nobody to answer to but ourselves, it’s rather easy to skip a workout and sit in front of a television to catch up on our favorite shows. Trust me; no TV show is worth sacrificing your health.
As much as we love being “grown-ups” and making our own decisions, these decisions aren’t always the best. For a lot of the adult population, these bad decisions have led to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and many other serious health conditions. Increasing the amount of daily, or even weekly, physical activity lowers your risk for many health concerns. Knowing this fact, still, many American adults are having a difficult time being physically active. And one major reason for this lack of physical activity is the fact most of us sit at a desk for 8 hours a day, which ultimately decreases one’s quality of life.
However, just because you sit at work all day doesn’t mean you’re doomed! There are 24 hours in a day, and 8 hours is just one-third it. You still have the mornings, afternoons, and even lunch time breaks to get moving. If you’re a full-time parent, in addition to being a full-time worker, your lunch break is the perfect time to go for a short walk, which can also help you relax if you’re having an especially stressful day in the office.
I could also suggest that you run over to your local gym and sign up for a membership, but I know that’s a lot easier said than done. Many individuals don’t particularly like gym settings; making it hard to stay committed. They are often times packed, intimidating, and can get quite boring for those who need extra motivation to workout. So if I’m not asking you to join a gym, how else will you increase your physical activity?
There are a few unconventional ways to becoming more active:
- Try a wide-variety of group fitness classes. These types of classes are not usually more than an hour long and are guaranteed to give you a good workout in a short amount of time. Plus, they are always different, which is great for those of us who get bored easily.
- Get exercise equipment for your office. Yes, desks with built-in treadmills do exist. Additionally, stability balls make great chair replacements and make it easy for you to take a quick sit-up break or try many other stability ball exercises.
- Get a bike. If you live anywhere from 3 to 10 miles from work – depending on your fitness level – biking to work will get you a great workout and you’ll also save some serious gas money; even if it’s just a couple times a week. You can also take short bike rides to other nearby locations and even get the family to join.
- Start a running or walking club. Hold yourself, friends, co-workers or other community members accountable by getting a group of people together in the mornings or afternoons to partake in some physical activity. The more people you have working towards similar goals, the easier it will be.
Being a physically active adult isn’t just about taking control of your life, but also helping those around you. Take responsibility for your health, set good examples and motivate others to partake in physical activity; especially children. To help you maintain healthy energy levels that will get you through any physical activity, make sure you have some Pollen Burst™ Stick Packs handy all the time. Even if your energy levels are low at the end of your workday, taking some Pollen Burst™ will help give you an extra boost so you can make it to your group exercise class or get you through your bike ride home!
Be the Change! Get Active!
Youngevity Marketing Team