Mireille's Journey To Health


25 Ways Anyone Can Keep Physically Active

think it through

I completed my personal trainer certification.  I just started working on my health coach certification (also through ACE Fitness).  After reading chapter 2, I came across this Think It Through prompt and felt like my blog was calling to me for another post.  What a great topic, too!!!  Something that caught my attention when preparing for my personal trainer exam, was the importance of knowing the best methods for fat loss.  So many clients find personal trainers because they want help losing fat.  There was a time when people were so active, naturally, that they did not need personal trainers to help them with fat loss.  If you’re not sure how to keep your bod physically active, don’t sweat it.  I’ve put together some ideas for you.

  1. Leave the car home and walk whenever possible.
  2. Take your kids, siblings, or kids you babysit to the park, and play with them.
  3. Standing in line?  Flex your abs!  See how long you can keep them tight.
  4. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  5. Interact in person whenever possible.  Put down your phone, tablet, or computer, get up, and go have a real, in-person conversation.
  6. Just grabbing a few things?  Well, then you really don’t need a cart.  Carry it.
  7. Take your dog on a walk.  No dog?  Take an elderly person’s dog on a walk for them.
  8. Clean your house.  Robotic vacuums don’t count.  You need to use manual labor.
  9. Get some yard work done.
  10. Do squats while heating things in the microwave.
  11. Do calve raises while brushing your teeth.
  12. Do pushups while waiting for the shower to get hot.
  13. Track your steps with a pedometer.  It’ll motivate you to get extra steps in.
  14. Walk and talk. Get up and move when you’re on your phone.  Walk around.
  15. Lift weights while watching TV.
  16. Take a few minutes to stretch in the morning, and at night.
  17. Forget the drive-thrus.  Park your car and walk inside the restaurant, bank, library…etc…
  18. Listen to music that makes you want to move.
  19. Keep and exercise journal.
  20. Schedule time to workout.
  21. Hang out with physically active friends, family, and/or co-workers.
  22. Walk/run for charity.
  23. Instead of lunch dates, get together for a game of basketball.
  24. Invest in some athletic shoes you love so much and can’t wait to put on.
  25. Add weight to whatever you’re doing.  Throw on wrist weights, ankle weights, or a weigh vest while you go about your daily routine.

Totally doable!  It’s all about wanting it badly that you will find a way to get it in.25 ways



11 comments on “25 Ways Anyone Can Keep Physically Active

  1. infobloomer
    January 31, 2016

    Love these ideas! I feel motivated to try some of these! Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Susan Body Renovations
    February 1, 2016

    Congrats on your certification! I love that you are promoting a healthy lifestyle. We must get the word out! Live well!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. amanpan
    February 1, 2016

    Great advice. Can I reblog?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. amanpan
    February 1, 2016

    Reblogged this on BrewNSpew.


  5. toutparmoi
    February 6, 2016

    A good list. We see so many promotions for gyms and strenuous workout programmes, it’s easy to forget the value of everyday activities like walking, gardening, and housework. They’re easy and free!

    Liked by 1 person

    • mireillesjourneytohealth
      February 15, 2016

      Most definitely! Our ancestors kept in shape by living life, doing what needed to be done, without considering it exercise or for the purpose of body composition or even health. It was for survival, but all of that work kept them in shape. Because our lives are filled with modern conveniences, we can easily avoid most strenuous activities. Unfortunately, that has had a negative impact on our bodies. However, the opportunities to keep active are still plentiful and they are so good for us. Thank you so much for your kind words, toutparmoi. 🙂

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  6. jdjung
    February 8, 2016

    Great ideas! BTW I’ve never gained weight on a cruise, because I make a pact never to take the elevator. That’s a lot of stairs!

    Liked by 1 person

    • mireillesjourneytohealth
      February 15, 2016

      Good for you! That is a lot of stairs! I worked on a cruise ship for a little while, and from my cabin, to where I worked, it was 11 flights of stairs! Excellent workout! Great for the booty. 😉


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