Over the last several weeks, we’ve discussed the monitoring power of fitness tracking devices and some fun ways to use these devices to meet your fitness goals.
In this final edition of Mutual Fund Company’s Fitness Fiends, we’re taking health one step further. We’re not talking about strength training or preparing for a 5K. Instead, we’re discussing the five ways that you can move a little more throughout your day and toward a happier, healthier you.
A Moment of Truth
You will only achieve your goals if you set the proper exceptions for yourself. For instance, not every person – or even everyone reading this article – would call themselves a “fitness fiend.” Not all people want to run a marathon, or lose 60 pounds, or have a chiseled physique. Not everyone wants to exercise.
Some people just want to lead a longer, healthier life; period. That’s what today’s article aims to address.
The Bad News: Building a fitter version of yourself will take time.
The Good News: You can do it simply by being a bit more physically conscious throughout your day, every day.
- You may want to wear your favorite fitness tracker. While these devices aren’t necessarily required for this program to work, they can certainly help you monitor your progress. Remember, if you don’t own a fitness tracker, your smartphone may be able to monitor your activity instead.
- Get your head in the right place. You will not succeed in this goal if you are not both mentally and physically present.
- Don’t give up! This process will take time, but as you continue with this program, you will begin to feel its health benefits.
Fitting Fitness into Your Daily Life
Just like we previously discussed how your body keeps track of every calorie you consume, it also knows how many calories it needs to burn to keep you alive — that means every time you take a step, itch your arm or even blink your eyes, you are expelling energy. Therefore, it’s not unreasonable to conclude that increasing your frequency of motion will help you burn more energy.
Five Ways to Burn Calories Without Exercise
Yes, breathe! In addition to carrying more oxygen to your brain and increasing your level of focus, “Oxycise” is said to help break down fat molecules into carbon dioxide and water that can then be filtered out of the body.
Not only does getting more sleep limit the amount of waking hours you have to eat, a new sleep study suggests that the less sleep a person receives, the more calories he/she will consume in a single day. If you’re not sure how much sleep you currently get each night, or if you are concerned with the quality of sleep you are achieving, we can offer some deeper insight here.
3: Leave your car behind.
More than 111 million people drive to work each morning. In contrast, only 4.6 million people walk or ride their bicycle to work — that’s nearly 28 drivers for every 1 walker/rider. By taking a more physical means of transportation, such as bicycling, roller blading or even skateboarding, you will save money in gas, reduce your carbon emissions footprint, and most importantly of all, you will burn some excess energy.
4: Going up?
We’ve all asked ourselves this question at some point: “Should I take the stairs or the elevator?” Knowing which one is better for us, many of us choose the latter option anyway. Needless to say, this is where you will benefit most from being mentally and physically conscious of your decisions. Avoid elevators and escalators at all costs; climbing stairs is the only option that can improve your body.
5: Go out of your way a little every day.
If you’ve ever lived in a storied apartment, or if you’ve moved items from your basement to the main level of your home, you know the importance of taking only one trip — you fill your arms to the brim, hoping that you can support the sheer weight of it all, as you trudge toward your destination. Instead, sacrifice a bit of efficiency for improved health; carry only what you can comfortably hold, and make more trips between your starting point and your destination. Remember to check your fitness tracker as your steps rack up!
“Easy” isn’t always “better.”
Sure, many of these solutions seem rather straightforward and simple; you would be right to think so! The biggest problem with moving a little more throughout the day, however, is one’s commitment to do so.
As human beings, we like “convenience.” We like our lives to be “easier.” But this program doesn’t work by following the easy route. Instead, we’re asking you to literally go out of your way just a little bit each day. Over time, these results will begin to add up.
Celebrate Your Results
Finally, don’t forget to put your new healthy lifestyle to good use. Dive into Mutual Fund Company’s #FitnessFiendChallenge!
To get started, obtain your free life insurance quote here; this will help you understand your current health ranking among the life insurance market. Then, start living each day by following a combination of the five tips above. After 6-12 months have passed, have another life insurance quote drawn up, and compare its results with your original quote; this will help you see how much your healthier lifestyle has impacted your available life insurance rates.
If your body is already in great shape, we would also like to invite you to see how much you can save on life insurance with a free quote. Your options may be more affordable than you realize.