Extra steps…make the most of your day!

Extra steps…make the most of your day!

I was visiting Chicago over the weekend and one thing I love about being in the city is all the walking that it allows.  I also learned that they have a new bike program in which the city has biking stations all over the city.  For example, you can pick up a bike at Navy Pier and ride it for a half hour and get to where you need to go and then turn it in and hop on another bike for your ride to the bus station or wherever your next stop may be.   For a relatively cheap membership, you can utilize this biking program.  Point being, that the city helps make biking and walking two great forms of exercise!  So, consider biking or walking to work or when you have errands to run (if this is an option that might work for you)!  I know that many of us are not fortunate enough to do either as we live too far outside of town or it is unsafe to do so, but if by chance you can bike or walk to work, try it!  It doesn’t mean you have to do it everyday, start with once or twice a week and see how you like it!  It’s a great way to get in your workout since schedules tend to be busy and time seems to be scarce during the week!

Another great way that my boyfriend and I get extra steps when we are vacationing is to use the stairs when we are in hotels.  Rather than using the elevators, we use the stairs to get extra steps into our day.  I suggest you do the same.  You can also use the stairs at work and any other stairs you encounter throughout your day.  Other quick ways to get your steps in that may seem out of the ordinary are walking to the mailbox to get your mail rather than pulling up to it in your car, jogging in place or doing some type of exercise when you are pumping gas, and not parking close to the store doors so you can walk farther.

While I realize that exercise and vacation don’t tend to be two things we associate together or two things we like to put in the same sentence, I am not suggesting that you hop on the treadmill or do a run, but that you allow yourself to utilize the quick and easy exercises that might be at your fingertips.  Often times vacationing means extra calories because we eat foods with higher calories, splurge and have dessert, or even just eat more than we might usually.  Meals tend to be less structured as lend to less healthy choices.  Hence, it is important to consider quick steps you can get during the day to help counteract the extra calories being consumed.  While I realize that a break from working out is a great way to refresh and revitalize your body and mood, exercising on the beach such as beach yoga and beach jogs can also be rejuvenating and relaxing.  Next time you think about your day – vacation or at home – think about the things you can do to make the most of your routine and day!  You may be surprised at how many extra steps and exercises you can fit into your day without much thought or change.


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