3 Easy Steps to a Healthier, More Active Lifestyle
May 10, 2020
Is it really that easy to lose weight, be more active and eat healthier? Well, that typically depends on your mindset. Starting small and thinking about the positive changes you can add, instead of what you need to take away, can make all the difference!
Too often, we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed with everything that we want to accomplish, when really, we just need to start where we are and take small steps to get to where we want to go.
It’s the simple changes that can make the most impact because those are the ones that are easy to maintain. Here are a few simple changes that you can make today to be more active. We’ve all heard them, but do they really make a difference? Yes!
1. Take the Stairs
Did you know that stair walking burns approximately 2.5-5 calories per flight (12-14 steps)?! If you walk up and down the stairs at least 5 times a day, 5 days a week, that’s an extra calorie burn of up to 25 calories a day, and 125 calories a week! See, now that was easy!
2. Park Farther Away
Normal, everyday walking on flat surfaces, such as across a parking lot, down a sidewalk or up and down the hallways at work, can burn 240 calories per hour, if you weigh around 150 pounds and walk at approximately 2 miles per hour, according to the American Heart Association.
Let’s say it takes you an extra minute to walk into the door at work because you parked farther away. That adds an extra 8 calories burned per day and an extra 40 calories per week. See where I’m going with this? This simple change combined with taking the stairs puts you at an extra 165 calories burned each week!
3. Use that 15 Minutes Wisely
Let’s say you only have an extra 15 minutes a day to try and add a workout in. Great! 15 minutes is plenty of time to get your heart rate up! There are plenty of exercises you can do, without any equipment, that are great ways to burn those calories and build those muscles.
For example, if your workout consists of moderate paced exercise of 10 squats, 10 pushups, 10 sit-ups and 25 jumping jacks, trying to get as many rounds in as you can in 15 minutes – guess what, you just burned between 150-300 calories! Of course, the harder you push yourself, the more calories you will burn. So, if you only have 15 minutes 3 times a week to spare, that can add up to anywhere between 450-900 calories a week!
Adding all these simple steps together will burn between 615-1065 calories a week!!
Start where you are, make it simple and you will see yourself getting closer to your goal each and every day.
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Kristin Mather CPT, CrossFit L2, PN L1, has been training and coaching since 2011. She works with men and women of all ages and abilities and helps them achieve a more active, healthier lifestyle.