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Five ways to lead a more active lifestyle

One reason you may be feeling sluggish or have gained weight is because you live a sedentary lifestyle. It’s possible you’ve become unmotivated when it comes to keeping up with your health and fitness goals, or maybe it’s simply that you’re too busy and haven’t made fitness a priority.

The good news is that you have the power to commit to changing your habits and living a more active lifestyle. The following five pointers are going to help you pinpoint specific modifications you can make to your daily life and routine that will help you to be more active and shed unwanted weight.

1. Find A More Active Career
One reason you may have a tough time moving more throughout the day is because of your job. Sitting at a desk all day crunching numbers is mentally exhausting so you may not feel like working out when you get home.

Fortunately those who enjoy keeping fit, you could consider a career change that allows you to embrace always being on the move.

Consider becoming a personal trainer or sports coach, which can see you do what you love every single day. You will likely need to obtain a qualification to be a personal trainer to see if you think this is a goal you want to pursue.

If you’re someone who likes to be on the go and enjoy working with people, then this could be the perfect fit for you.

2. Buy A Pedometer or Fitness Tracker
Walking and moving more will soon add up, and is good for your overall health and wellbeing.

To get back on track and live a more active lifestyle, start tracking the number of daily steps you take. The experts recommend aiming for about 10,000 total steps a day if you want to stay in good shape.

Buy a pedometer or fitness tracker, so you know exactly how much you’re moving throughout the day and then adjust your activity accordingly. This way, you’ll know you’re being honest with yourself and won’t be cutting corners or making assumptions about how much activity you think you’re getting on any given day.

3. Take Advantage of Your Weekends
There’s a lot of time on the weekends to do as you please when you actually think about it.

Take advantage of these extra hours and use them to take part in fun activities that get your blood pumping and help you to burn calories.

Join a gym or take a yoga class with friends so that you have no excuses as to why you can’t get up and move more on your days off. There are so many different opportunities to get more physical activity over the weekends such as shopping and walking the mall, completing gardening or yard work or washing your car yourself.

4. Watch Less Television
Watching television is nice once in a while, but too much of it is likely causing you to push other important matters to the side.

You can live a more active lifestyle by committing to turning off the television in your free time and participating in more physical activities instead.

Too much sitting around in your house is holding you back from you reaching your full potential when it comes to working out and being more active. Instead, think of television as a reward for after you’ve completed your daily exercise routine, and need a few minutes to sit back and recover.

5. Adopt A Dog
Pets such as dogs require your love, attention, care and need a fair amount of exercise on a regular basis. One idea for living a more active lifestyle is to adopt a dog, so you have a reason to get outside and move more. This is the perfect companion to have for going on long hikes or walks and making sure you’re not just sitting around at home all the time.

Also, play with your dog which will get you moving more and make them extra happy. Your furry friend will help keep you on your toes and off the couch which will allow you to be more active and engaged in life overall.

Conclusion
While living a more active lifestyle isn’t necessarily difficult, it does take an extra effort on your part and you having the desire to want to move more.

Give these ideas a try and see which suggestions are most beneficial for you and then try to stick with them for the future.

It won’t be long before you’ve completely changed your lifestyle for the better and are getting in more daily steps and living a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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