Yesterday’s post showed you how to calculate the amount of calories you need in accordance with the amount of physical activity you do: Know Your Calorie Requirements.
But are you doing enough physical activity? Many of us have non-active jobs which increase the likelihood of health problems in later life. Luckily, there are many simple ways to improve the amount of physical activity you get during the working day.
One way to improve physical activity level is to walk. If you already walk to work, pick up the pace. At 2.0mph the average person burns 176 calories less than if they walk at 4.0mph over an hour period. Get those arms swinging too, the more parts of the body you involve; the better it is for you!
While sitting at your desk, try calf raises or clenching those glutes! Simply sitting up straighter will help strengthen your abs too! If you are feeling particularly brave, swap your boring desk chair for a gym ball! You will be surprised how quickly you notice the difference!
If you take public transport to work, stand instead of sitting. You can even use the handles effectively like the hero in our picture.
Improve your health. The gym is everywhere.