These days, it seems like fitness is on everyone’s minds. And if you feel as though more and more of your friends are working out and posting gym selfies on their social media, it’s not just your imagination—health and fitness actually make up one of the fastest-growing industries in the world today.
Your fitness is indeed important, and should be among your priorities. And whether you are someone who regularly goes to the gym and maintains a meal plan, or someone who bookmarks workout tutorials on YouTube and calls it a day—we do recognize that exercise is an integral part of keeping fit but also is not always easy to do when you’re busy adulting.
Which is why what you need is to find smarter and more enjoyable ways to sneak exercise into your everyday routine and lifestyle. Try these fun things to do to stay fit and healthy, even when you don’t have much time to get in an actual workout.
1. Walk it out
While this may be quite an obvious suggestion, it’s one that is often overlooked, but does make a difference in terms of physical activity. Forego the short ride to your workplace and make it a walking journey. Instead of using the elevator on the way to your floor at the office or even at the mall, opt for the longer, more challenging route—use the stairs. You can even pace while you’re thinking. The trick is to keep your mind busy while on the trip. A good walking playlist can do wonders.
2. Enlist the help of a furry friend
Man’s best friend could also be pretty helpful when it comes to staying active. Go on an early morning walk or jog with your dog—with the companionship your furry friend offers, it will hardly feel like exercise.
You can also try dog yoga, or “doga”, a great and fun way for you and your best bud to socialize, bond, and stay fit. Doga will help both you and your dog to build or lose muscle fat, prevent injuries, and relax in a way that both pets and pet lovers can enjoy.
3. Tap into your own kid at heart
When you talk about physical activity, there’s only really one age group at the top—kids. Tap into your own kid at heart and enjoy some time with the little ones in your life. Whether it’s your own children, nieces or nephews, neighbors, students—it’s always a good idea to put in some time playing with them. Volunteer to babysit your friend’s kids. Take your nephew to a park or a playhouse. Not only will you be surely burning calories trying to catch up, it will also make for a good time to bond.
4. Have a good laugh
Have you ever heard about laughter yoga? Laughter yoga is an actual practice and termed as a movement for “health, happiness, and world peace” and you do it through prolonged and voluntary laughter. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Laughter yoga has real benefits such as increased circulation, stimulation of the immune system, and muscle exercise. Not to mention, it’s sure to boost your mood!
5. Wear casual clothes and comfortable activewear
Yes, you read that right. According to the American Council on Exercise, casual clothing increase physical activity in your everyday routines. So if your workplace allows even taking a few days a month to wear casual clothes such as jeans, take advantage of it. Who would have thought you would be burning calories by doing so?
And since we are always busy and on-the-go, sporting athleisure clothes or activewear such as leggings, tank tops, and T-shirts, also help us to be always on the move—ready to conquer the day without sacrificing comfort.
6. Cook for yourself
Cooking for yourself is a great way to develop not just your culinary skills but your discipline. You can experience the joys of cooking as well as all of its components—the ingredients, the spices, the method. You’ll have a say in what you put into your body and also get to control the portions you serve for yourself. Because it will be a fruit of your hard work, you’ll learn to not take any food you eat for granted.
7. Learn to enjoy exercise
The key to maintaining physical activity in your lifestyle is to actually find one kind of it that you truly enjoy. And this doesn’t mean forcing yourself to love working out. You simply have to open yourself up to doing more and eventually, you’ll find something to stick to—whether it’s going for a morning stroll, walking back home from the office, playing basketball with your friends, or even playing active video games. Each opportunity for action counts so get moving.
8. Rehydrate with G Active
Keep a bottle of G Active close by whenever you’re doing any kind of exercise. An electrolyte-water with no sugar made to help replace what you lose in sweat, G Active is water made active, specially formulated to support all the hydration needs of fitness exercisers, and those who look to lead active lifestyles.
G Active is perfect for young and busy bodies striving to keep fit amidst the demands of a very busy schedule. It is a no-sugar drink that comes in Berry, Lemon Lime, and Orange flavors. G Active is zero-sugar, making it a perfect choice for those with a passion for fitness. It is available in supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide, ready to aid in your pursuit of a fun and more active lifestyle.