Be Active: Increase Happiness with a Bit of Activity

 Be Active

Our goal is to add 15 minutes of activity to our routine everyday.

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If you already work out, you know how good exercise makes you feel. Even if you are already exercising regularly however, you are probably sedentary most of the day.

Our goal is to add 15 minutes of activity a day in addition to the activity we already do. Doing something, anything, is better than doing nothing at all.

This doesn’t mean we have to cram in some heavy cardio. “Be active” simply means to get up and move, especially if the majority of our day is composed of sitting down.

“More than one half of an average person’s day is spent being sedentary — sitting, watching television, or working at a computer,” said Dr. David Alter, Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehab, and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Benefits of Physical Activity

  • Increased sense of happiness.
  • Improved circulation.
  • Less disease.
  • Lowers risk of depression.
  • Weight loss.

For those of us who spend most of the day in front of a computer, it can be hard to be active all day.

Try to take a break every hour and get up and move around. Do 25 jumping jacks, walk up a few flights or stairs, drop and do some push ups, stretch, do a sun salutation or two. Just get your blood pumping and your body moving once per hour. Doing this during the workday can easily add up to 15 minutes or more each day. Our ultimate goal is to increase our activity to 30 minutes a day.

Ideas to Be Active

  • Do yoga. Sun salutations are great.
  • Take a walk. This is something you can do at home or at the office.
  • Stretch
  • Take the stairs.
  • Park you car as far from where you’re going as possible.
  • Walk or bike to work, grocery store, etc.
  • Join a gym.
  • Keep light weights at your desk and do a few reps every hour.
  • Chair aerobics.
  • Desk aerobics.
  • Squats
  • Plank
  • Crunches
  • Running drills
  • Jog
  • Join a training group for Couch to 5K.

Remember, doing any movement is better than none at all. How will you be active?

Being active, even for just 15 minutes a day, can greatly increase your happiness. Learn more now.


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