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Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!
Since the time we're born, we are kind of spoiled by our moms. They practically do everything for us, be it cooking, cleaning, washing, organizing, and even making our bed (what a shame!). And they do it to the extent that we get into the habit of not even getting up to get a glass of water ourselves. To top it all, there's all this laziness-inducing technology. Everything happens at a click of a button or the tap of a touchscreen. Even at work, you see everyone chatting away with their colleagues... on chat applications. We don't even bother having a nice little face-to-face conversation with our colleagues! We spend most of our day sitting on our chairs while the maid brings us coffee or takes away our empty cups.
People have developed a misconception that an hour of exercise a day is enough to make them super fit. The fact is that it's just the minimum required exercise. Maybe this misconception is what's encouraging them to let the sedentary lifestyle go on as it always has and not do much about it! Petty activities taken for granted, nutritious and wholesome food, and sweaty exercise is what gives you the results you are expecting. Let's talk about the first one.
You might assume that engaging in small, unsubstantial work will give you nothing. But that's just because you don't see the results as quickly as you want. Gosh, how impatient are people these days? Doing small chores at home or the workplace can help you burn a great deal of calories everyday. More than that, it also keeps your muscles, joints, and ligaments in their best ever condition and thus prevents cramps, aches and weakness. It's all about mentally conditioning yourselves to recondition your bodies by indulging in petty work.
Let's see what you give a miss everyday that could actually make you fitter:
This is enough to raise your activity levels by 20%. All you need to do is get some activity in your daily life with a conscious mind and you are all set to get fit.