Some of you will remember I asked if you would share your best tip for maintaining an active lifestyle.
You came up with some really super answers, and I decided to put them together into an article, so that everyone can benefit from your wisdom.
How To Be More Active
1. Nell on making time for yourself
My best tip for staying active is making a date with yourself to do something you enjoy.
Running/walking on my treadmill in the mornings is my time. I get to listen to the music I want, and no-one bugs me for 30 whole minutes!
It helps me stay sane for my husband and kids.
2. Chelsea on little changes that make the difference
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, I try to at least keep up with little changes, for example taking the stairs at work, instead of the elevator (unless I’m late).
3. Theresa on scheduling
My best way to stick with exercise programs, is to look at my weekly schedule and write it in where I know my energy will be the highest.
Time is very short, and this is very important!
4. Karen on starting early in the day
My best exercise tip is to get it under your belt as early in the day as you can.
I get my daily fix in first thing in the morning – luckily my life allows me to do this, I realise not everyone can. But, I find if I leave it till later in the day, I never quite get round to it.
5. Gina on making exercise convenient
I’ve found that my day gets extremely busy, and can easily get away from me – like a runaway train! By the time I’m home (late), I’ve run out of steam to do any exercising.
So, I changed where I exercise.
I now exercise in a building very close to my office. I park at my office very early (lots of parking space early in the morning), walk over to the exercise centre (5 minutes), exercise anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes, shower if needed, and then it’s 5 minutes back to my office.
I feel better knowing that I’ve made the effort to exercise, even if I don’t see results in the way of weight loss. It’s a start!
6. Sandi on making lasting changes
Since getting your book and tips emailed regularly, I have changed not only my eating habits, but those in the home and at work as well.
I have joined the gym and taken time out everyday for myself to feel better about my body and my life. I have dropped two pant sizes, and I’m going slow and steady, so my life continues to change.
Thanks so much for the incentive, motivation and support. You have changed my life.
7. Lyn on eating and making opportunities to be active
My top tip for healthier living is, eat lots of leafy greens and salads on a smaller plate. It will fool your brain into thinking you are eating more than you really are.
Also, get off the bus a stop or two before you need to, and walk a block extra. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, especially when going down, and basically just walk more.
8. Shalsie on finding a sport you love
It’s hard to find time and energy to be active, so I try to change the focus from ‘exercise’ to ‘fun with friends.’
I use team sports as an opportunity to shake off a bit of stress and negativity, as well as to catch up with friends for a bit of a laugh. Before I know it, the game is over, I’m sweaty, and have had a great workout, without any thought to the effort.
It benefits me in so many ways, and is a no brainer – I don’t even question my ‘exercise plans’ because they are all about joy (not effort).
I recommend people find a sport they like, or one they’ve never even tried before, and just give it a go at a social level. You’ll find like-minded people, get fitter, and have a great time in the process.
9. Hayley on replacing one habit with another
When trying to find a balance between my diet and exercise, I find that it’s best for me to replace one habit with another.
I tend to snack a lot at night, so I now make that my workout time. When I’m hungry (usually bored), I get off the couch and walk on the treadmill. It makes me feel great, and usually curbs any cravings I had.
Plus, my effort is always half-hearted when I try to get my workout in in the morning. I am able to work out with much more intensity in the evenings.
10. Karolyne on limiting sitting time
My best tip for remaining active would have to be limit your time for electronics, and get up to do something active instead.
Or, if you have an active game, then play that instead of a game that you sit around for.
11. Birddogs on parking further away
One of the things I do is park further away. It’s an easy habit in Phoenix, since it’s better to park where there’s shade, not the closest spot.
12. Ciara on walking and avoiding the takeaway
My best tip to keep fit has to be walk wherever you can, and avoid hitting the chipper after a night out — usually at that time you’re almost asleep, so you don’t need the food at all.
13. Brenda on walking and getting fresh air
I park at the furthest end of the lot at work, so I get a bit of fresh air each morning. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise, and even better, it’s free!
14. Annie on trying something new
My best tip for maintaining an active lifestyle: find something that you enjoy doing. Try new things, if there isn’t something you already like doing.
I started lifting weights to prep for a figure competition, and learned that I love lifting, and the harder the better and more fun.
Having a goal that you are committed to, and seeing results because you are working hard is very motivating, too.
Thank you all so much for taking part.
I always find posts like this extremely helpful… after all, these are the tips which have helped you become more active everyday — it stands to sense they will help others to do the same.
So, thanks for taking the time to encourage others on a path to a healthier lifestyle!