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Step Up Your Walk
Living in a city with subways offers an advantage to walking.
On your way somewhere or just out for a walk, you can use your environment to step up your walk. When I walk around my neighborhood, i incorporate the subway stairs in my walk. If i am approaching a light and it is changing or changed and a set of subway stairs are available, I do not stop and wait for the light. Instead, I run down the stairs and up on the other side of the street. This keeps me in motion and adds to my walk.
Combining foods to lessen sugar intake
I know refined sugars are not the healthiest. However in our goals for healthier eating we have to progress.
I love my oatmeal but have a hard time eating it plain. I usually add a few teaspoons of honey or brown sugar.
So to avoid doing that I now use a sweetened food to sweeten. Instead of honey, I add a little orange juice, mandarine oranges, fruit yogurt. etc.
As a result I am consuming less sugars.
I know, I sound crazy. Just read more. While you are doing the dishes, sometimes opt out of using the dishwasher, walk or jog in place. It is totally doable since not a lot of motion is required, just up and down. You can wash dishes and get in a quick 5 minute walk or jog. This way you can free up a few minutes to do something else.
Add Quick Walks
I live in the city with a fairly vast transit system.
Leave 10-15 minutes earlier than usual and walk to a train stop that distance away from where you normally go. You will start out the day with a 15 minute walk. Do the same thing with 15 minutes at lunch and if not too dark when you come home from work.
By the time you arrive home, you have incorporated 45 minutes walk time into your day.
Strength Training on the Go
Strength Training on the Go.
When I am at work, I take strength training breaks twice a day.
In the bathroom, I do 2 reps of wall push-ups, 2 reps of wall rocking (chair rocking without the chair), wall squats, standing adduction and standing abduction, just to name a few. If anything can be done standing. Take 5-10 minutes of you down time or break time to add a little strength training.