Feeling tired and lazy? 7 ways to get yourself moving

Published on: 5 May 2022, 14:53 pm IST

Not moving enough can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Here are simple ways to stay active and inspire you to get moving!

Aayushi Gupta
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Get motivated and get moving in any situation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Sometimes, you get so busy with your work and life that you don’t get enough time to exercise. But is the possibility of exercise is becoming a rare reality for you now? If that’s the case girl, you need to make efforts to make yourself move more. Not moving enough can make your lifestyle sedentary. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a sedentary lifestyle can result in serious health issues, which could be among the 10 top leading causes of death disabilities. Worry not! There are many ways to stay active besides exercise.

We know making time for exercise with our busy schedule can feel very overwhelming, especially if you’re feeling lazy or sluggish to hit workout. That’s why if you’re looking for ways to pump up your motivation instead of making the “I don’t have time” or “I don’t feel like exercising” excuse, here are a few expert suggested tips to help yourself stay active and fit.

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Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Just be patient because fitness expert Mukul Nagpaul, Founder of Pmftraining and Fit India Movement Ambassador, is with HealthShots to help you out.

How to stay active?

Movement is essential for everyone, and we can say that we humans are designed to move as our bodies are like machinery which is built to move, and if it doesn’t move, it can get rusted.

Mukul says, “Movement should not be confused with exercising in the gym for hours or running a marathon. But a movement is small little action that doesn’t require too much effort and time and can easily be built into a lifestyle.”

You already know that moving our bodies every day is vital. But sometimes, we don’t realize that we are not moving our body enough.

Watch out for these symptoms that show you’re not moving enough:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Back pain
  • Stiff joints
  • Lack of focus
  • Poor sleep
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Heart diseases

If you are experiencing these signs and symptoms, get up a do something to beat a sedentary lifestyle.

Following are the 7 easy ways to get yourself moving:

1. Taking the stairs

You must have heard that song “Stairway to Heaven! Jokes apart, taking stairs rather than a lift will help your lower body and your heart get stronger. It shouldn’t be like walking upstairs for 20 floors at a go, instead you can walk till 4 floors and the rest can be covered by the lift.

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Take the stairs over elevators or escalators. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Walking

When we talk about walking, it doesn’t mean that we want you to do 10,000 steps on the first day. You can start with a goal of 4,000 steps and gradually keep increasing it. In case you are short on time, you can make a habit of walking while on the phone, parking your vehicle at a walking distance from your home or office so that will give you more reasons to walk.

3. Play an outdoor sport

Most of us were active till our college days as we used to play some sport, but that agility gets lost once we start working as we don’t get the time. Let us remind you that our parents and friends had to stop us from playing so that we could have food or go out.

4. Dancing

Dance workouts have become popular as it is not only fun to dance but it has many health benefits like cardiovascular health and enhancing mobility. So turn on the music and dance like nobody’s watching.

5. Walking your dog

Taking your dog out for a walk is beneficial for his mental health and your mental plus physical health plus spending time with your dog also uplifts your mood and reduces stress.

6. Jumping rope

According to a study, a 15 minutes of a rope workout can burn almost 200 to 300 calories, and skipping for 10 minutes a day has the same effect as 30 mins of daily jogging.

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Skipping is the best cardio there ever can be. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

7. De-cluttering

Cleaning and organizing your space at home and at work can double as moderate intensity exercise as it can provide a full body workout plus you can add movements like squats and lunges which can make it even more effective.

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