How many average steps do you think you take throughout the day? How often have you given yourself the excuse that "I just don’t have time to workout!” If you’re like most Americans, finding time in our busy schedules to workout while taking care of kids, running errands, and holding down a job can be frustrating at best.
The good news is that you are not alone. In fact, finding 30-45 minutes a day to be active is a challenge all on its own. According the CDC 1 in 5 (21%) adults meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. That means for most of us, we are not standing up from our desks and moving during the day. Fortunately for both children and adults, workout time doesn’t have to happen all at once. Studies suggest that if you break physical activity into “bite-sized” chunks, they are easier to manage.
What activities work?
There is no right or wrong way to be active. Getting your heart rate up and breathing heavier counts as physical activity. Just taking a break to stand from your desk once an hour does the body more good than sitting for hours on end. Walking after a meal aids in digestion. Maybe it's taking the stairs, parking further from the door, gardening at home, or even playing around in the yard with your kids. Anything that takes you from “Stop to Go” will do the trick. Here are some good ways to be more active throughout the day.
So what does this mean for your children? They don’t have to sit at their job, at a desk, on the computer, answering phone calls, and sitting through meetings. They are at school being kids. They should be running around during recess and free time, playing hard during Physical Education (PE), and participating in sports throughout the year. Yes, it's true that more than 75% of children are active for the recommended 60 minutes a day, but that also shows us that the older we get the more sedentary we are likely to become.
Maybe it’s time to take a child-like mindset several times a day, once an hour, or possibly at the start and end of the day, to just be active and move a little bit. After all, we didn’t think twice about it when we were kids and we all know how much better it feels to get up and moving. So take some time to figure out where practical fitness fits into your day and get up and get moving!