10 Productive Activities You Can Do at Home to Stay Healthy
Author: Austin Winder
Everyone knows how important a healthy lifestyle is but, in today’s hectic, fast-paced world, finding the time to fit wellness-based activities into the day can be a challenge. The good news is there are productive opportunities throughout the day to improve health and fitness at home.
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1) Exercise at Home
You do not necessarily need to go to the gym in order to work out. Between different activities around the house, intersperse isometric and cardiovascular exercises. When a free moment presents itself, a set of push-ups, pull-ups or crunches takes no time at all.
A small investment in a jump rope provides endless quick bursts of cardio in the driveway. It has been proven that these short spurts of intense activity can build your endurance and be extremely beneficial for your body, while taking little time out of your daily routine.
2) Wash the Dishes
At first glance, washing the dishes may seem like drudgery, but a shift in perspective turns this activity into something different. Applying a Zen-type discipline to this task turns it into a mindfulness experience. Focus your attention on fluidity and economy of movement. Seek the perfection of each item washed, and this activity becomes meditative and can help take away stress.
3) Plant and Maintain a Garden
Planting and maintaining a garden are both beneficial to overall health in many ways. Growing a garden requires significant physical activity while getting a good dose of vitamin D from the sun. Working with the earth is therapeutic, and a garden rewards its creator with vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Tilling the ground and maintaining the plants takes physical and mental effort that is extremely rewarding to your body and can be financially beneficial since you are growing your own produce. Fresh air and a light sweat are an invigorating and refreshing break from the mundane.
4) Clean the House
Cleaning the house is hard work and is an excellent combination of cardio and strength training. Also, a thoroughly clean house feels sharp cognitively, and increased organization engenders mental calm. Tackling the attic, the basement and the garage are usually demanding and dirty jobs that result in the sense of accomplishment and pleasantly sore muscles.
The first thing to do in the spring is to rake the lawn: manually, or with the help of a dethatching attachment for your lawn mower.
5) Walk the Dog
Walking the dog is multitasking at its finest because both the owner and their four-legged friend get some excellent cardiovascular exercise. Walking at a brisk pace burns almost the same number of calories as running, with less wear and tear on the joints. Add fresh air, sunshine and socializing with the neighbors to make for an activity that can be the highlight of the day.
6) Reorganize Rooms
Reorganizing rooms can entail picking up heavy furniture, so it’s wise to be careful when embarking on this endeavor. Make sure to lift with the legs to avoid back injuries. Draw up a diagram of the new design before moving things around, so that the placements make sense and your moving is efficient. Completion of this type of project revitalizes a living space and shifts the energy of the room to reflect a different state of mind.
7) Cook Meals at Home
Meals prepared at home are invariably healthier and more inviting than takeout, or even dining out. Something is gratifying about making a home-cooked meal, and the activity involved in doing so is a form of exercise itself, not to mention the cleanup. Choosing select ingredients that are nutritious for the body is just as important as the culinary delight of the meal’s consumption.
8) Wash the Car
Washing the car at home is physical, and it saves money at the same time. Also, the result of a home-washed car is generally superior to a commercial car wash, because there is no time constraint, and this allows for greater attention to detail. Everyone knows the feeling of satisfaction that comes when the hose turns off, and the car sits shiny in the sunshine.
9) Mow the Lawn
Mowing the lawn is fantastic cardio and builds muscles in the legs and arms as well. Most homeowners take pride in the appearance of their property, so it feels good to do a fine job. The smell of freshly cut grass is unique aromatherapy and this pairs beautifully with a good sweat, plus the development of a nice tan. Finish it off with fresh squeezed lemonade.
Summer’s heat, wind, and sporadic rain are tough on a lawn, but this article will hopefully give you some simple tips on how to improve your green-space.
10) Play Sports with the Kids
Tossing the football, throwing the baseball, kicking the soccer ball and so many other fun sports with the kids is pure joy. This time together is the reward for all the hours on the job and all the effort put into creating a family. Teaching children sports and helping them hone their skills while running around outdoors is probably the most enjoyable exercise available to anyone at any price.
Staying healthy is a major part of a well-balanced life. Not only has it had positive effects on your personal outlook but on those around you as well. Keeping yourself healthy will help you stay energized and more productive at work. Then, by doing the above exercises, you will channel your mind off work and shift the focus to your personal life. By 10 ways of exercising as listed above, you are not only helping yourself but also your family. You’re creating a healthy environment around the house by sharing chores, taking care of your home and setting a good example for your kids.
We often strive for a healthy life, but it’s often overlooked in so many ways. A healthy life is a well-balanced life. A well-balanced life is knowing how to take care of yourself so that you can perform well and excel in your professional life. You are also sharing with those who matter to you the most—your family. If taking part in activities around the house and creating memories with your loved ones gives you the exercise needed to stay healthy, go for it!
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