Every day, we're slowly killing ourselves.
By literally doing nothing more than parking our rear ends on those static office chairs, we guarantee ourselves a shorter lifespan. Now, I don't mean to scare you, I just can't emphasize enough the fact that countless health risks are knocking on our doors as more and more of us live sedentary lives.
And even with these chilling thoughts, many of us—especially the working class heroes —shy away from an active lifestyle despite its life-saving implications… why? Perhaps it’s because being in good physical shape often requires more than just commitment. For starters, staying fit means making time for grueling training on top of an already hectic schedule full of deadlines.
Here’s the good news, despite the obstacles that stand in the way, entrepreneurs are relentlessly pushing their staff to get fit. Whether they're organizing fitness activities or giving incentives to employees participating in various health initiatives, businesses today are pushing the envelope health-wise as they begin to realize the incredible value of a physically fit workforce. And let me tell you a little secret: You CAN shed off pounds without running a marathon or starving yourself to nearly to death!
Here are 3 simple tips that will help get you started or keep you on track..
1) Deep Breathing
Now, while breathing is basically involuntary, consciously making an effort to breathe deeply every chance you get can be a subtle way to burn calories off your system. Try inhaling and exhaling deeply now… don't you notice how many upper body muscles contract and tighten? Well, you've got your diaphragm to thank for that.
Imagine doing this simple, calorie-burning regimen regularly every time you're at your desk, on the living room couch, or even in your car. You'll be strengthening your core muscles in no time… Plus breathing exercises also have the incredible added benefit of relaxing your body and calming your mind.
Spend too long doing either and you'll definitely face the risks that come with a sedentary lifestyle. So in order to rid your body of any extra, stubborn fat… it’s best to switch between sitting and standing at regular intervals; make sure you don’t fall in love with staying in one position long for too long.
This is where a standing desk can be a godsend for you. With this ergonomic innovation helping you get off your bottom and on your feet as often as possible (and vice versa), you'll take preventive measures to keep health threats related to physical inactivity like heart disease, obesity, and even diabetes at bay.
3) Taking the Stairs
Why take the elevator when you can take the stairs and get a 2-minute “calorie burning” energy boost that’s guaranteed to make you fitter? Although you can argue that burning 15 calories for every three flights of stairs you climb may not be much, this number adds up over time, especially when you compare it to the alternative, the elevator option.
So if your goal is to live a healthier lifestyle, simply give these 3 tips a try and make an effort to work them into your day. And remember, if you’re serious about getting seriously healthy… it’s essential for you to develop a good routine that includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, and an active lifestyle.