6 easy ways to incorporate cardio into your day

By Jessah Robinson, Nutrition Consultant

Exercise is essential for good health, not only our physical health but our mental health too. Everyone seems to have a crazy schedule these days and it’s very easy for exercise to fall by the wayside as a priority. Here’s the good news, I will share 6 ways even the busiest of people can fit some cardio into their day.

1. Take the stairs

Stair climbing is a great way to burn calories and can easily be incorporated into your day. Opt for the stairs when you can such as when you’re at the shops, the train station or even at your office job. Another great thing about taking the stairs is that it can become so routine that you won’t even feel like you’re working out.

2. Go dancing

Everyone deserves to have a bit of fun on the weekend, and what better way to have fun than getting together with some close friends and going dancing. Not only is dancing a great form of exercise, it is also an effective way to reduce stress, relieve tension and just have a bit of fun. And there is always the option of dancing your worries away in the comfort of your own home.

3. Walk where you can

In this day and age, it’s become almost habit to drive everywhere you go. Of course, there are times when driving is warranted, but there are also times when we could go green and take that little bit of extra time to walk, and burn calories at the same time. Next time you need to pick up a few things from the shop, or get your morning coffee, or even eat at your favourite restaurant, consider walking there.

4. Park far away

Like I said before, there are several instances when driving is necessary. But, even when you have to drive somewhere, you can always fit in some extra exercise by parking further away from your destination. It’s so simple and provides so many health benefits.

5. Do housework

We all need to do domestic duties, but luckily for you doing tasks such as vacuuming, sweeping and gardening are a great way to burn calories. Doing some gardening is also an excellent way to boost vitamin D levels.

6. Organise an active get-together

Socialising and exercising don’t need to be separate activities. Play tennis with a friend, go for a walk along the bike track or attend a Zumba class together. This way you’re killing two birds with one stone, and will feel great from the endorphins released by exercising as well as the feelings of satisfaction often experienced when catching up with a friend.

Exercise isn’t something that can only occur at the gym, at a studio or even in active wear. Doing small amounts of exercise throughout your day really adds up, and can easily be incorporated into anyone’s routine. You may benefit from taking magnesium, a powerful mineral which helps to ease muscle spasms and cramps and is required for a healthy nervous system and healthy muscles.

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