Getting Active – Slowly and Steadily

August 31, 2017


What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about the active lifestyle? For some people, the image of a fit person working out at the gym or outdoors and other places where they get their regular exercise is often one of the first things that come to mind. But associating being active with a strict fitness regimen is taking a limited view of a lifestyle that may seem too difficult to adapt with, especially for those who may not identify with the athletic types.

Taking a slow but steady approach to living more actively makes the transition and habits-building easier. The so-called couch potatoes or sedentary people who wish to get back in shape can ease their way into the process using strategies that best fit their needs. Walking around the neighborhood is one of the most overlooked activities that come with physical, mental, and emotional benefits. It creates movement, which is essentially what anyone who wants to be more active needs.

The goal should be to move and keep moving. And among the best ways to do that is to tailor activities according to a person’s unique needs. What works for someone may not work with another. For instance, former athletes may adapt faster to intense workouts while others may have a hard time adjusting. For lifelong fitness, regular physical activity is needed. And there are many different ways people to get in shape and stay active for life. The trick is to explore the myriad of activities one can do to keep fit.

Top Outdoor Experiences That Can Boost Your Mood

May 5, 2016


Not many people can go exploring the great outdoors every day. But that does not mean they cannot enjoy the perks that nature provides. If you are among those who did not much have time for any outdoor activity or adventure lately, you might want to carve out a little bit of your time for it. The experiences you get in the midst of nature can boost your mood and leave you with lingering effects that can improve your wellbeing.

Bring some of your activities outdoors

Do you run on the treadmill in the gym or at home? If yes, you may want to switch to regular runs outside. Pick a route or trail with lots of trees or that leads to a park. Outdoor running not only gives you the same exercise you get from challenging yourself on the treadmill. It provides the added bonus of running along scenic paths or trails. If you are lucky, you may even discover some of the best running areas in your neighborhood.

Let nature’s sounds soothe your senses

If you are looking for a quick mood booster, you do not have to rack your brains trying to come up with fast fixes. Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery and preferably one that lets you listen to soothing sounds. Find a public green space or a city park near you. Take a break just strolling or sitting in the area for some time. If you take time to listen, you can hear the sound of leaves rustling with the breeze along with some chirping of birds and insects fleeting around.

Take a walk to reenergize

Instead of getting another cup of coffee or whatever caffeine laden drinks you prefer, you can step outside and go for a short walk to reenergize. A walk outside can awaken your senses, which can be quite useful if you start feeling lethargic. Walk along the street, around the block, or somewhere farther if you still have time. Notice the scenery around you. It could be the familiar buildings in your neighborhood or workplace. You might be surprised to find new things that you did not see before.

Get work done outside

Are you in need of inspiration? Get your work done outside. Sometimes a change of perspective and being outdoors can get your creative juices flowing. Find a quiet café with outside seating and a good view. Sit outdoors while sipping a cup of coffee or tea. Write down ideas and thoughts that come to you while there. You may find a lot of good ones can come up while you are just sitting there letting your mind flow freely.