Everywhere I look I can find some sort of social media #fitspiration. Instagram is filled with photos of people lifting weights at the gym and posting fitness motivation. It can be motivating and inspiring, don’t get me wrong, but it can also be completely overwhelming. The message that comes across is this: to be “fit” you need to be going #beastmode in the gym all day everyday. I love going to the gym and it’s true that I never regret a workout, but today I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret: I have a life. Crazy right?! I have a job and friends and family and commitments, which means that even though I love getting in those gym sessions, I’m a bigger fan of finding balance and making fitness part of my lifestyle.
So today I want to share some tips on how to incorporate more fitness into your daily routine. These tips will not help you to get that six pack, nor will they result in you getting “instantly ripped”, but they WILL help you to slowly transform your lifestyle into one that is naturally more active and healthy.
My first piece of advice to you: take the stairs. You’ve heard it a million times, so why not try it? You might even make it upstairs in a shorter amount of time than it takes you to wait for the elevator…now that’s productivity, am I right? If you’re a risk taker you could even take them two at a time. The more you improve your cardiovascular endurance, the better your heart health will be. Plus, you won’t be that person awkwardly wheezing after taking the stairs.
After you’ve mastered the stairs, why not try and walk like you mean it? If you’re anything like me, slow walkers drive you crazy. Maybe it’s because I attended a massive University where you basically had to sprint across campus to make it to your next class, but I like to walk at a pretty good clip. Walking at a brisk pace in bouts of ten minutes or more counts toward Canada’s Physical Activity Guideline of 150 minutes or more per week of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity. So get that heart rate up and that blood pumping. Park in the farthest away parking spots and walk to your destination, take a walk with co-workers on your breaks, and if you’re studying, take a ten minute break every 90 minutes to stretch your legs and get some fresh air outside.
Another one of my favourite ways to stay active and maintain balance in my life is to embrace the sweat date. Now I definitely don’t mean that your next first date should be hot yoga or a mega sweaty spin class because lets be real nobody looks cute after that. What I’m talking about is suggesting a fitness activity the next time you get together with girlfriends. I love meeting up with my close friends for a barre class or my new all time favourite: a sweat session at OrangeTheory. We meet up before and catch up on life and then sweat it out together. I call that a fitness/social win.
Do you have other ways that you like to sneak fitness into your daily life? Let me know in the comments below!