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So often when people hear the term active lifestyle, it brings on a feeling of dread. I’m being serious working out for some people is a nightmare.
Some people think you have to be skinny to be active. Again this is because the media often uses the term “active” while showing incredibly toned bodies with 6-pack abs. Subconsciously, this can make us associate an active lifestyle with too much hard work and danger. If you, like so many others, find yourself saying “I’m not cut out for this active lifestyle or I just don’t have the time.”
The Perils of Our Modern Lifestyle
The modern world of technology and advanced transport has changed the way we live. We often spend far too much time sitting at a desk and staring at a screen. It’s a sign of the times that many people go straight from the front door to car to the parking lot. Then they ride the elevator up to their offices, often with no fresh air between leaving the house and arriving in the office.
Being active doesn’t take much. Adding a walk around the block or even to a colleague’s desk can at least get you up and out of your chair. I always like to see how people mix up their commutes by adding a walk, climbing the stairs or even cycling if they’re feeling courageous and if you have an extra 5 minutes before work or after work why not try a 5-Minute Glute Workout And Warmup.
Technology is wonderful but it has made us a little lazy. Just because you can sit on a bike and let it propel you to your destination, it may not be the best choice for your body—especially if you want to stay healthy.
Find Your Own “Active”
The truth is that if you are not sleeping or sitting still, then you are being active. Even fidgeting counts as activity and helps you burn calories.
Finding the level of activity that is right for your body is the best piece of advice I can give you. Increasing your activity level can be as simple as taking a midday stroll, or as dramatic as training for a marathon. Once you make a commitment to increasing your activity level, guess what? Every few weeks your body will adapt and you may be inspired to take it to the next level.
In my world, the meaning of “active” changes every day. Some days it’s a quick 5-minute workout and other days it’s an extreme hour H.I.I.T. Both are active, both are enjoyable and both are fun!
Getting onto the activity ladder is often the biggest step of all. But now that you know that being active does not have to mean skydiving and high-intensity workouts, you may be ready to start climbing up your ladder to a more active life.