Exercising regularly and staying physically active are key components of your general health, but there are many different layers to this aspect of everyday life. When considering working out, many people immediately think of going to the gym, jogging or participating in a group class, but there are ways to enjoy some of the benefits of exercise while simply going about your life.
Incidental exercise, also known as ‘intermittent lifestyle physical activity’, can be incorporated into your life and routine in order to get healthier without having another time commitment on your schedule. It is believed that sudden bursts of high-intensity activity—even if only lasting for a few seconds—can provide legitimate health benefits.
There might be many instances throughout a day during which you may have the opportunity to get some incidental exercise. Consider incorporating these possibilities for adding activity into your regular routine:
- Make the most of chores—While tasks like laundry and cleaning might be seen as a burden, performing these chores may actually include a significant amount of incidental exercise.
- Stretch out—After waking up or sitting in the same position for a prolonged period of time, the benefits of stretching are often lost on those in a hurry. Taking a minute after getting up to stretch your muscles and loosen your body can help prevent aches and strains.
- Increase intensity—If you are taking a trip to the corner shop, make a challenge out of it. Instead of leisurely walking, pick up the pace and try to arrive more quickly. This kind of change not only results in healthy physical activity, but also saves time for the rest of your day.
- Take the stairs—Climbing stairs is an incidental exercise that many people have the chance to encounter every day. Skip the lift from now on, and consider even challenging yourself to jog up the stairs.
- Multi-task—There are many parts of your daily routine during which you might only be using part of your body. Think about ways that you can incorporate more activity during these times, such as by using a standing desk.
While incidental exercise might not amount to the same level of activity as a traditional workout, these small changes can still be helpful. Even those who may already have a healthy fitness routine may find additional benefits from these lifestyle changes.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.