10 Ways to Get Off the Couch, Get Outside, and Get Moving!
Let’s face it, America—it’s easy to fall into inactivity from time to time. I’ll admit, even I have found myself tempted to relax on the couch and watch a few hours of television to unwind instead of getting outside and moving!
In fact, according to HHS.gov, less than 5 percent of Americans participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Even worse, only 1 in 3 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity each week.
Getting up from the couch, getting outside, and moving your body is SO important to your physical, mental, and emotional health. Fresh air and time spent outside improves circulation, fights against heart disease, releases endorphins, and much, much more.
Of course, carving time out of your day isn’t always easy—but I promise you, it IS possible, and in more ways than you realize! Here are 10 EASY and FUN ways that you can start your own personal journey towards a healthier, happier you!
Walk with a friend
Whether you’re walking through the park, along your neighborhood sidewalk, or to the store, bringing someone along for the ride is a great way to stay motivated!
Bring your dog along
Dog parents have a unique advantage when it comes to getting outside and walking. Not only is it a great way to keep your dog healthy and well-socialized, but daily walks also provide a great opportunity to strengthen the bond between you and your fur baby!
Get a Fit Bit
For some people, tracking daily steps is a great way to get a visual representation of progress and keep themselves accountable. Start small, and build your way up to 10,000 steps (approximately 5 miles)
Walk to work
While this won’t apply to everyone, it’s worth considering whether walking to work is an option. Walking is a great way to wake up your mind and your body—you may even find that you get some great brainstorming and meditation during your morning walk to work!
Take a 10-minute walking break at lunch
Not all of us have the luxury of living near our work, but finding an excuse to walk during your lunch break is something that we can all afford to do! Whether it’s getting a coffee, grabbing a snack, or simply walking a few laps around the parking lot, spending 10 minutes outside and walking is a great way to break up your day.
Look for fun places to walk
If walking isn’t already part of your daily routine, changing your scenery can be a great way to spark motivation! A nearby park, hiking trail, creek, lake, or river are all great places to enjoy the scenery and get a little bit of exercise in.
Listen to an audio book
Reading is a luxury that many of us forget to make time for in our days, particularly as work schedules become more hectic. Consider downloading an audio book to listen to while walking, and you can kill two birds with one stone! (If you’re more of a podcast person, this is also a great time to catch up on new episodes.)
Schedule weekly catch-up phone calls during your walk
This is one of my favorite ways to stay in touch with friends and family members that live across the country. Give someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while a call while walking!
Park in the back of the parking lot
We all have to go shopping at some point or another, and we’re all guilty of circling around to find the closest spot. Instead, make a conscious effort to park as far back as possible—chances are that you won’t have to fight for a spot, so you’ll get the added benefit of saving your car from dings!
Carry shopping bags in one at a time
I know, this may seem silly, but stick with me—rather than load up each arm with as many plastic bags as possible, why not take a few extra minutes and take each one in at a time? It’s a great way to get a few extra steps in—bonus points if you live on the second or third floor!
What are your favorite ways to get up and get moving? Have a great idea that you don’t see listed here? Don’t be shy—find me on Instagram or Facebook and let the Walking With America community know! I would love to hear your personal stories and share in all of your successes!
As always, don’t forget to #walkwithme every Saturday morning as we all share a moment of our lives together and come to a happier, healthier understanding of our world.