Most of us want to get a little more activity in our lives. Sometimes, however, our responsibilities and our need to distress from those responsibilities give us a tight schedule We can do exercises when watching TV and find the opportunities to get up and move around a little more at work. However, there is one time we could all stand to be a little healthier. That’s during our commute.
Measure your steps
They say that 10,000 steps a day can help you burn 2000 to 3500 calories a week. That might sound like a lot of steps in one day and that’s because it is. Wearable tech like FitBit, however, can help you track your progress towards that goal, or any other goal you strive towards. Walking the dog, hiking with the family, getting up and moving around the house more at every opportunity. They can also slowly see you reaching closer to that goal. But one of the biggest contributions you could make to it is by turning your commute into a walk. It also promotes getting up earlier and taking more time to get ready in the morning, which can be a big help in getting into work fresher and more mentally active. Something both you and the boss will see a lot of benefit to.
If your work is simply too far away for walking to be a viable solution, then you might just need some wheeled transport. However, a bike is often just as good as a car. You don’t have to worry about strenuous cycles getting you to work a little too sweaty and flustered for the day, either. Nowadays, there are tools like electric bikes that can take a lot of the work for you. You still get the benefit of a good deal more activity in your day, but you can make it more manageable so you’re ready to work. If you’re in a town or city with plenty of morning traffic (as most are) the journey might sometimes not be that much longer, if they’re longer at all.
Keep the drive healthy
We know that walking and cycling aren’t always viable options. When that’s the case, don’t feel too ashamed about taking the drive. Do, however, take steps to make sure that your drive is a little healthier. For one, make sure you find your proper driving posture so that you’re not causing your back undue stress that a work day might only compound. Stretching before and after the drive can help a lot, as well. If you’re one of the many people with a long drive that makes a halfway snack feel almost necessary, then consider bringing a healthier treat like a smoothie with you for the ride as well.
If you have a long commute, then you need to find ways to get more movement, that much is sure. Sitting still for too long is one of the biggest risks of heart disease, a silent but all too common killer amongst adults nowadays.