9 Easy Ways to Get Fitter in the Long Run

FITNESS  |  March 05, 2019
  • There are easy, smart ways to be fit without doing anything extraordinary.
    1 / 10 There are easy, smart ways to be fit without doing anything extraordinary.

    Here are 10 simple things you should weave into your everyday schedule to be fit and to stick to your fitness resolution:

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  • Ditch the escalators
    2 / 10 Ditch the escalators

    We love escalators, don’t we? We can relax comfortably while the escalators bring us in and out of MRT stations. It’s those 30 seconds of respite from the morning rush hour when we get to zone out.

    (Also read: She Keeps Fit By Climbing 42 Flights of Stairs Every Single Day!)

    But it’s time to tone down that love a bit. Stair-climbing is one of the best routine exercises as it burns more calories than jogging (yes!) and it helps tone up your legs and butt.

    You don’t have to climb eight or twenty stories to your home or office – kudos if you do – just take the stairs instead of the escalators to exit the train platform during your daily commute, and you’ll be able to see small improvements to your fitness over time.

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  •  Say no to your favourite coffee
    3 / 10 Say no to your favourite coffee

    Yes, it might seem to be a harmless stimulant you have each day to lift up your spirits or just keep yourself awake but having your much-loved coffee from that fancy coffee shop needs to be stopped. That’s because there are chances your coffee is a dessert in disguise and you might be consuming around 200-400 calories each morning. Have a cup of green tea instead.

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  • Exercise – anytime, anywhere
    4 / 10 Exercise – anytime, anywhere

    If you are extremely busy and have no time to go for a jog or join the gym, why not exercise at your workplace or home? It only takes a few minutes and the results can be fascinating.

    Simple, no-equipment exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups or planks are great workout staples that you can do at home within minutes. At work, weave in a few stretches or a short walk post lunch to stay active.

    (Also read: Here’s How to Work Out For Free With ActiveSG)

    You can also take advantage of a wide range of free fitness programmes run by Health Promotion Board. Their latest fitness network Move It! offers a wide range of programmes like #YouthFitFam (a number of fun workouts like bouldering, trampoline jumping sessions, etc. with friends for free), Active Family (free family-oriented fitness activities like archery, baseball, martial arts, etc.), Sundays @ the Park (instructor-led free group workouts at over 70 locations islandwide) among others.

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  • No more shouting ‘Taxi!’ or booking them on the apps
    5 / 10 No more shouting ‘Taxi!’ or booking them on the apps

    Bid your daily taxi rides goodbye. Walking small distances will not only help you become and remain fit but also save cost. Walk to the closest MRT station or try walking to the bus stops closest to your home or workplace.

    (Also read: 8 Ways to Burn More Calories By Walking)

    On weekends, why not try riding a bicycle? It is the ideal exercise for your heart and lungs. Live near a park connector? Those are great places for an easy bike ride.

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  • Indulge in shopping
    6 / 10 Indulge in shopping

    And by shopping,  we mean fitness shopping. Buy a nice pair of running shoes or fancy gym wear, something you’ll be happy to use every day. This way, you will be motivated to get up every morning and go for a walk not only to remain fit but also to use your new gear.

    (Also read: 8 Singaporean Activewear Labels for Pretty Workout and Yoga Clothes)

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  • Download an app
    7 / 10 Download an app

    There are loads of apps that help maintain a daily routine. Download one of them and you will have some accountability regarding your fitness activities. Besides those with guided workouts, specific fitness apps also tell you how many calories you burnt after a workout session and encourage you to outperform yourself every day. Now, who doesn’t love some motivation?

    (Also read: 6 Best Apps to Keep You Healthy)

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  • Find a fitness buddy
    8 / 10 Find a fitness buddy

    Going to the gym alone can be lonely and boring. Working out with a friend adds tons more fun. Plus, you and your gym buddy can set goals and encourage each other to achieve them.

    (Also read: Why Group Exercise Can Help You Lose More Weight)

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  • Set tiny goals
    9 / 10 Set tiny goals

    You might want to lose heaps of weight and want to do it fast. However, it pays to be realistic. Set obtainable targets and make a plan to achieve them. Keeping your goals practical is not only encouraging (as you will achieve them) but it is also a more logical way to remain fit in the long run. After all, you don’t want to overexert yourself, be disappointed, and fall on your face (it’s possible quite literally)!

    (Also read: 5 Best Bodyweight Exercises to Burn Fat & Lose Weight Fast)

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  • Reward yourself
    10 / 10 Reward yourself

    Yay! Treats – the best part of everything difficult. Once you achieve your goal, take a day off, enjoy and forget about your fitness worries. This will not only break the monotony but it will want to make you achieve the next goal too. Having some light at the end of the tunnel is always great.

    These might be simple sounding things and they are but you need to include them in your routine. Instead of going all out, try to make your everyday habits healthier to stay fit in the long run. Get ready to say ‘Hello’ to a fitter you.

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