By now you already understand that
exercise makes you stronger, keeps your weight in check, and keeps you looking
and feeling youthful. But did you know that exercise can actually make you
happier and more cheerful?
When you work out in the gym, go running
or do some aerobic exercise, it’s not by coincidence that you feel less
anxious, less stressed and generally happier.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge
have revealed that when people get up and move, even just a little, they become
happier compared to their counterparts with sedentary lifestyles.
Generally, exercise boosts your happiness
chemicals, energizes you, boosts your confidence, eases anxiety and fights
insomnia. So, how do you incorporate more movement and you sedentary or
otherwise less active lifestyle?
Here are some quick tips to incorporate
movement into your sedentary lifestyle.
Don’t park your car too close to your destination
We instinctively try to find parking space
as close to our destination as possible. This, however, denies us a chance to
incorporate movement into our daily activities.
To take advantage of this opportunity, try
developing a habit of parking your car a block or two away from your
destination, or at the very least park at a slot furthest from the door.
Take The Stairs
Seize every opportunity to take stairs as
opposed to a lift / elevator, especially if your destination is only one or two
flights up. If your destination is a little further than 3rd floor, then you
can use both the stairs and an elevator. You can walk up two or three flights
then ride an elevator for the rest of the way.
You can increase the number of flights as
you become stronger and more active.
Walk or Bike to Work
This mode of transport may not be possible for everyone, but if there is any
chance you can make it happen, then you will find it much easier transforming
from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active and happier one.
You can support this initiative with
ergonomic products such as quality walking shoes, or a good quality bike for
maximum comfort and safety.
Choose Active Vacations
As you incorporate more movement into your daily activities at home and work,
your desire to go an extra mile will increase.
You will start looking forward to holidays
and vacations as an opportunity to further live an active lifestyle. So instead
of retreating to a spa or a beach, you can choose more active adventures such
as hiking, biking, camping, skiing and so on.
If you are touring a new city, choose to
walk around and explore instead of driving. If you are staying at a resort, you
can take advantage of their fitness centre and their pool to kick out the
sedentary culture and stay happier and cheerful.
Remember, Mayfair cares