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Being lazy and enjoying a good sweat are not mutually exclusive. Post pandemic, most of us had been too comfy staying indoors with WFH and hybrid-work set up. Fortunately, there are fitness hacks that can help keep you healthy while embracing laziness.
1. Stand up
A simple hack to staying healthy is to just stand up. According to a study, prolonged sitting is detrimental to your health and is a risk factor for all-cause mortality. Try to stand up at least once every hour for the whole day. You can set up an alarm on your phone or smartwatch to remind you to just stand up even for a couple of minutes.
2. Go for convenience
If you’re the type of person who can’t work out on your own, choose a gym that is closer to you or located on your way home/ work. That way, it will be harder to make excuses and you’ll be more likely to attend it. Also, if you are not a morning person, don’t sign up for classes that start in the morning. Go easy on yourself and opt for sessions that begin in the afternoon or after office hours.
3. Make it a quick one
Go for workouts that are short and intense. HIIT is an ideal exercise for when you do not have the time or simply don’t want to work out for a long time. You get to keep your heart rate up and burn more fat.
4. Stick to water
Another simple fitness hack is to drink more water. The feeling of thirst is not only because you are thirsty, but also a warning signal that your body needs water. Keep ignoring it and you will become dehydrated. Make it a habit to carry a water bottle wherever you go. Drinking water instead of soda, juice, and other sugary drinks can help you cut back on sugar. If you crave flavor, infuse your water with slices of fruit and sprigs of herbs to make it more refreshing.
Multi-tasking is another fitness hack that takes your mind off the idea of having to ‘workout.’ You can stand up and move around, do planks, or stretching during commercial breaks while watching TV. Listening to a podcast while doing chores is another way of making the most of your time. And while you’re at it, you can use a sweat shaper to help you sweat more with minimal movement.
6. Walk more
When going to work or doing your grocery shopping, always park at the farthest side of the lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. This will help you add a little bit of cardio to your day. If you like, you can even change your commute where you could walk or bike a portion of your way to work.
7. Clean up your diet
Fast food is a go-to meal because it’s tasty and convenient. And though it is best to cook your own meals, there are days when you are on a time crunch or simply don’t have the energy to do any cooking. If that is the case, choose healthy options. Hard-boiled eggs and bananas are readily available in gas stations and convenience stores. More and more restaurants are including healthy options in their menu. If you like snacking, nuts and seeds are better than chips and cookies.
8. Reward yourself
Set achievable fitness goals for yourself and reward your efforts. You can do a weekly exercise goal, movement goal, or weight goal. Just make sure that your goals are realistic in your given time frame, so you don’t get frustrated.
9. Eat slowly
According to a 2018 study, eating slowly is an effective strategy to limit your food intake. Moreover, the study suggests that when you eat your food slowly, you tend to enjoy it more, make you feel more satiated, and can boost weight-reducing hormones. It also found out that eating quickly can lead to weight gain over time.
10. Enjoy good quality sleep
The feeling of laziness often stems from stress and not having enough rest. Your body needs to rest for it to heal and recharge. Prepare yourself for a relaxing sleep by diffusing essential oils to help you calm down. An orthopedic memory foam pillow will also add comfort to your sleep as it helps support your spine while softly cradling your head.