(Natural News) Try parking a few blocks away. Let’s face it: Parking isn’t a fun experience. It’s actually a war for the best spot (which is usually the one closest to the entrance), with hawk-eyed drivers on the prowl and ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. Try something new and park a few blocks from work, or your favorite shop. If possible, try to avoid using a car in the first place – you’ll get a good workout with the extra steps to where you’re going, and you’ll avoid the toxic chemicals found in parking lots.
Make use of public transportation. Try to use the train or the bus more often. This ensures that you put in some exercise while traveling, as compared to driving a car. Studies have also shown that people who commute using public transportation have a lower body mass index and body fat percentage than those who commute only by car. If you feel like challenging yourself, try getting off a stop (or two) before your destination and walk all the way. Who knows? You may get to experience new things while you’re at it.
If possible, use the stairs. Going up a floor? Try using the stairs. It might be a faster alternative than waiting in line at the elevator. It also gets some walking done for you. Additionally, if you feel tired at work, research says that going up and down the stairs can prove to be a better stimulant than coffee. This tip, however, comes with caveats: Do this only if you don’t have any impairment with balance or movement. As always, grab the handrail when going up or down the stairs, and tread carefully, especially when you’re carrying something when using the stairs.
Make TV time work for you. Television is known to reel its viewers in – creating a captive audience. You can’t deny its effects: Turn on the TV and everyone in the room will be glued to it. Experts say that this sedentary behavior, coupled with the lack of physical activity, can spell trouble when people grow old. A study has shown that people who watch more than five hours of TV have a greater risk of developing a mobility disability later in life. Of course, we can nip it in the bud right now by making TV work for you. Rather than just sitting and watching TV, try doing some exercises while watching it – don’t forget to stretch!
Create fitness goals with a friend. A friend, especially one that supports you, can prove to be very helpful on the path to healthy living. A study conducted by the University of Aberdeen noted that a person with a companion that offered emotional support and encouragement will be more likely to continue with their exercise than those who have none. So the next time you hang out with your friends, try activities like walking and hiking over eating out. You won’t just save money – you may just inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle like you!