Earlier this week, we heard about a survey that found MOST Americans think the pandemic and sitting around for the past year took YEARS off their life. So here are five tips to help get you moving again . . .
1. Just stand up . . . that’s it. It’s the simplest thing you can do to start prepping your body to reenter the world. Just by standing, you’re already burning more calories and using more muscles.
2. Track your steps. The latest research suggests getting 7,500 steps a day can lower your risk of mortality. But even if you’re not anywhere near that right now, you can work your way up. If you do a thousand steps one day, try to do 1,200 the next.
3. Yeah, you still gotta exercise too. But you don’t need to run a marathon or anything . . . just 10-minute intervals of exercise a few times a day will make a huge difference.
4. Start stretching. Stretching is basically the MOST important part if you’ve been doing the bed-to-couch-to-bed loop for the past year. Focus especially on shoulder stretches, neck stretches, and hip flexor stretches.
5. Remember, you didn’t do permanent damage. Even if it feels like you’ve aged 40 years since last March, experts say a year of living a sedentary life likely didn’t do any permanent damage. (Glamour)