Step into Spring with an Easy Fitness Program!


Adding a few steps here and a few steps there truly helps.

By Tracy Leigh Ritts

 

With warmer weather right around the corner, many people are considering how they can increase their activity level. Unfortunately, for a lot of us, it never goes from “thinking about it” to actually “doing it.”

The following tips will help even the most sedentary among us add a little more physical activity into their daily schedule. While all the suggestions won’t work for everyone, there should be at least one or two that will be a perfect fit for you.

  • Take the Stairs! It’s been said before, but it’s worth saying again. If you work in a building with an elevator, take the steps instead. If your office is on a higher floor, don’t use that as an excuse! Start with one flight of stairs before grabbing the elevator. Next week, make it two flights. Before you know it, you’ll be stepping all the way to your desk — and those extra steps will add up fast.
  • Walk your Dog! If you live in an apartment, you’re probably already doing this, but if you live in a house with a fenced in backyard, you might not be. After all, it’s much easier to open the back door and let the dog run around there. Instead, choose three days per week that you use that leash hanging in the closet and go for a walk with your dog. You’ll both benefit! (And before long, Fido won’t let you forget about your commitment.)
  • Park in the Back! Instead of roaming around a parking lot with an eye out for a space closest to the building’s entrance, purposely choose to park further back. You’ll walk extra steps to the building and back to the car. Think about it: How many places do you go a week? That’s a lot of extra steps.
  • Plant a Garden! Getting your garden ready for spring can work off a bunch of calories, plus help tighten up some muscles. Raking leaves and cleaning out planter beds will work your arms and legs, pruning is a great exercise for your upper body and arms, and planting will work some core muscles, like your abs and lower back because you have to balance your body.
  • Spring Cleaning! Instead of hiring someone to do your spring cleaning, do it yourself. Washing windows, baseboards, and scrubbing walls burns calories and gives you a great cardio workout.
  • Drink Water! One last thought. Replace most, if not all, your daily beverages with water. You’re sure to lose a few pounds, and your body will thank you for hydrating it.

If you think about what you do every day, you’ll likely find other areas you can add a bit more activity in. Each time you do, you will improve your fitness level. It doesn’t matter how small those steps are.

If you keep moving forward and continue to add more steps into your daily life, you’ll reap the rewards. Before you know it, you’ll be joining the local gym!


Tracy Leigh Ritts is a freelance writer based in Ohio. She’s the author of the book, How to Plan Your Own Wedding and Save Thousands…Without Going Crazy.