#TipTime: Increased Exercise Leads to Decreased Stress

Contributor: Swinerton Blogger   |   August 08, 2016
#TipTime: Increased Exercise Leads to Decreased Stress

How many of us are on a regular exercise schedule? Let’s face it, few of us get the recommended daily exercise for general health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, or 30 minutes per work day; your FitBit will start you with a goal of 10,000 steps, or around five miles. Who has time to walk five miles every day? You will be surprised how the steps add up quickly.

Below are a few tips from Swinerton Management and Consulting to help you get extra steps in your day, and hopefully, a bit more clarity in your head:

-Walk to the coffee shop—and skip the whipped cream
-Take a break and walk around the block or the jobsite
-Take the stairs
-Wear an activity tracker—it will help keep the guess work out of your actual activity
-Set your alarm to sound once an hour—it’ll remind you that you haven’t moved for a while
-Drink plenty of water, it’s all around good for you—and the more you drink, the more often you will have to get up and walk for a refill 
-Park farther away at the supermarket

Weight loss shouldn’t be the only goal when talking about fitness. The aim is to feel better, have more energy, and decrease stress. You will find that a short, brisk walk mid-day will help improve your energy level and lower stress.