Exercise offers many benefits including higher energy levels, improved cardiovascular health, increased bone density, and more. But when life gets busy, fitness can be the first thing we neglect.
If that sounds familiar, don’t worry — you’re not alone! Here are some simple ways you can increase your physical activity:
Add More Movement to Your Current Routine
Moving more doesn't have to be time consuming or difficult. There are simple things you can add to your daily routine to increase your physical activity. If you work an office job, try parking further away from the building to get some extra steps in. If you have the choice between the stairs and the elevator, choose the stairs. You could also take a walk on your lunch break if you're allowed to do so.
This extra movement may seem insignificant, but small things add up. Remember, when it comes to physical activity, doing something is always better than doing nothing!
Play Ball With Your Kids
Playing ball with your kids is a great way to get the whole family moving. Whether it's playing catch, basketball, soccer, or something else, getting your kids in the habit of moving sets them up for healthy habits later in life. An added benefit? You get to spend quality time with your kids making precious memories, win-win!
Limit Screen Time
Technology is a wonderful thing, but spending too much time behind a screen can be detrimental to our health. No technology can replace the physical and mental benefits of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise.
This month, make a commitment to limit your screen time, get outside, and get moving. You can walk, run, or bike on our beautiful Kirby Wellness Trail. This is a great way to improve your fitness and to get out in our community and meet new people!
Try a New Activity
You probably aren't going to enjoy every type of physical activity, and that's okay! If you don't enjoy activities like running, biking, or swimming there are still many options available.
That’s why we offer a variety of fitness classes at Kirby Medical Center. If you want something low-impact that doesn't take up too much time try KMC 30, a 30-minute bodyweight workout focused on core strength and heart health. Another low-impact option is KMC Yoga. If you want something a bit more intense, KMC Endurance, a 45-minute class that focuses on building endurance and stamina, may be for you. For something a bit more challenging, that’s where CrossFit KMC comes in.
There is a fitness method for everybody. So, if you haven't found your preferred method yet, don't give up!