Taking the wheel on the road to health

17 Nov

Everyday changes can start at home

We all know that getting healthy and fit aren’t always the easiest things to get started on. Previously I wrote about the gym that I use, Smart Sports. But what if you’re not ready to join a gym or simply don’t have time to make your membership worthwhile? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get in better shape at home or at the office.

Technology makes it easier

Today there are many different tools you can use to help out with your health and fitness goals. There are pedometers and various monitors you can use so you can let them keep up with your activity for you. There are websites where you can track your meals and physical activity to keep your calorie intake balanced with your caloric usage. There are even channels on YouTube with fitness professionals you can view for free.  My personal favorite way to keep up with my activity is by using the app MyFitnessPal. It’s an easy-to-use app with options to log both your meals and your physical activity. You get your own profile and can keep up with your goals and the progress you’ve made. It’s available both as a website and a free Android and Apple application.

Changes at home and work

You don’t have to go from zero extra activity to a full hour in the gym every day; the small additions can eventually add up to big changes. You can get good exercise by doing bodyweight reps at home. They are relatively simple and with a little repetition you can get really good at them and start to see noticeable differences. At work you can also make changes to your diet and exercise. You could drink more water or bring a home-made natural smoothie instead of chowing down on vending machine food. On your lunch break you can go for a short walk outside your building or even do a quick set of squats or lunges in the restroom. Just remember, small steps can eventually lead to big changes.

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