- Walk to lunch when possible. If you work in an office downtown, or maybe your neighbors at the office are restaurants, you’re going to be tempted to eat out. Let’s face it, lunch meetings are unavoidable in today’s world. Instead of beating yourself up for not bringing a lunch every single day, opt for a closer location and walk to the restaurant. This allows you to get your steps in and get fresh air without feeling too guilty.
- Take the stairs. Taking the stairs up or down a floor or two is a great way to incorporate a little cardio into your day. You don’t have to race the elevator, but you might find that the stairs allow you to save time as well.
- Park a little further away. Parking lots provide a great opportunity to work some extra steps in to your routine without having to establish a new routine or habit. By choosing a parking spot further away from your destination, you can increase your step count for the day any time you run errands.
- Schedule a session with a YMCA personal trainer. Starting a new fitness routine comes with some excitement, but for some people, it can also bring a little anxiety. Your favorite Y location has personal trainers on staff ready to help you tackle any challenges that come up, including helping you learn how to use the fitness center best to meet your goals.
- Swap your snacks. It’s easy to reach for chips or a candy bar when we’re craving a snack but opting for healthier alternatives is a great way to reduce your sugar intake. Keep a bag of fresh almonds in your desk drawer for when you find yourself wanting a crunchy snack. Pro tip: One serving is roughly 21-23 almonds, so count them out before you snack to help you avoid eating too many.
Written by Laura Wolf, [email protected]