If you are sitting all day whether it is for school or work, it is important to get up and move around to stay physically and mentally healthy. Sitting all day can lead to joint problems, poor posture, weakened muscles and can disturb your focus among many other things. So how do we stay active while when we are busy studying or working? An easy way is to walk!
You can track your steps using a pedometer or step counter which is available on most cellphones. Research suggests that the average person should aim to walk at least 10,000 steps per day. 10,000 steps are roughly 6-7km, so how can you meet this goal?
Here’s a list of gradual changes you can make to your lifestyle:
- Wake up 30 minutes early and go for a walk around your neighborhood
- Walk or bike to places that are nearby instead of taking the bus
- Take walks around campus during your study breaks
- Visit the campus gyms and drop-in on various fitness classes; see our calendar for timings
- Take the stairs instead elevators
- Walk around the mall when it’s too cold outside
- Get off a stop or two early when taking the bus
Small changes can make a world of difference. Add some of the ideas to your daily routine and you’ll be well on your way to better health.