As the weather gets warmer and runners like me get excited to lace up for another marathon season, I'm reminded of just how important physical fitness really is. But you don't have to run marathons to benefit from staying in shape. Small things, like going out for a walk or going to bed earlier, can have a huge impact on your health, your outlook, and your life.
Being a photographer is a really physical job. Lifting, carrying, climbing, and crawling are all part of a day's work for me. To do my job well, I try to eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest. Of course there are days when that doesn’t happen — I’m human! — but I try to see every day as a new chance to get on track (and make up for that dessert yesterday).
But staying in shape goes beyond just being good at your job. Getting away from the tools that trap us in everyday life - the phone, the computer, the desk - even just for a walk can help you get much needed time for yourself, reduce stress, and get centred.
Here are some of the ways I incorporate healthy activities into my daily routine:
- Make several smaller trips (on foot!) to the market instead of one big trip in the car
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator at the office
- Or take the stairs instead of the escalator at the mall
- Choose a parking spot waaay the heck away from the entrance to the shop
- Spontaneous dance party in the living room!
Adding even just one or two healthy activities into your regular routine can help you get on the way to a healthier lifestyle. No matter what your job, staying in shape and being healthy can help you be a better, happier, and less stressed version of yourself.