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5 Easy Ways to Add to a Healthy Lifestyle

When I worked at home I could slip in a little fitness whenever I wanted, my day was pretty flexible, but ever since returning to office life it’s been harder trying to fit this into my day. Harder but not impossible, especially with the addition of technology. I, like fifty-two per cent of wearable owners (MaRS Market Insights), find technology helps to keep me motivated around my healthy endeavours.

It must work because according to an article in the Journal of Medical Research:

“Exercise app users are more likely to exercise during their leisure time, compared to those who do not use exercise apps, essentially fulfilling the role that many of these apps were designed to accomplish.”

But where to start? The market is full of devices and apps that promise a better guidance on your fitness goals. If anyone knows technology and how to make it fit into my lifestyle, it’s the folks at TELUS. I mean their new concept store is a prime example on how you can expect more from the brand. Set up a one-on-one session at your local store and you’re bound to come away inspired to start a new routine.

Here’s how I fit more fitness into my routine:

Before You Start Your Day. I’m not a morning person but instead of hitting the snooze button I grab my Galaxy 6 smartphone and head for the bike, the recumbent bike that is. All it takes is 20-minutes (the amount of time I grab for a little extra sleep). I’ll usually pull up an acoustic playlist on Spotify through my phone which I can then control with an app on my Moto 360.

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From my watch I can see the song playing, skip to the next one, pause the song, all without having to juggle with my phone screen. Add to that my Jaybird X-2 Sport Wireless BUDS from TELUS and I can adjust the volume right from my ear buds. No matter how tired I am dragging myself upstairs, thinking that a little more sleep would be better than heading up to bike, I always feel more energized afterward.

Stand-Up. So now my work routine involves taking transit, every day, twice a day. Whether the subway or streetcar is full or not, I choose to stand for my ride. There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of standing more during the day. Unlike some professions, I spend a lot of time sitting in front of a desk so this is an easy way to add some healthier movement.

Head Out for a Walk. It’s easy for me to stay sitting at my desk all day, focused on the task I need to get done. Now I set an alarm on my Moto360 to to remind me it’s time to head out. It sounds so simple but it works to get me outside and walking.

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Pair that with my Jaybird X-2 Wireless buds and my Galaxy 6 smartphone and I can play a podcast while I walk and explore the neighbourhood. My current favourite podcast is the creative storytelling at Welcome to Night Vale. The wireless ear buds mean I can start the podcast on my phone and never have to worry about dangling wires getting in the way.

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Drink More Water. When I wake-up the first thing I do is drink a glass of water and as funny as it may sound, I can actually feel the water moving through my body. I make it a habit to bring a water bottle to the office with the intention of drinking but I often forget. But with the Water Drink Reminder app, I receive notes on my watch to take a drink. It’s true this can be bothersome, like your mom nagging about homework, but it has worked. I may not drink every time I get a warning but I find with the reminder I’m drinking more.

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Breath. A healthier lifestyle isn’t all about movement. Sometimes it’s about breathing. When I read fellow Telus Advocate Dai Manuel’s post on health and fitness apps I discovered Calm. When I’m feeling frazzled I can start a 3-minute guided meditation on my phone that I can control and track on my watch. I’ve only just started using it but it’s been great on helping me become more centered when I feel like I’m being pulled in multiple directions. Another great mindfulness app that looks good is thinkFull, out for iOS devices (waiting for the Android version). It’s from TELUS in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Mind Your Mind.

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It’s amazing to think that with the use of my smartphone, wireless headphones, smart watch and a handful of apps I’m able to work in some healthier habits around my less flexible schedule. So much easier than trying to go to the gym. Still not feeling inspired? Checkout Ben’s fitness story. It’s amazing how something as simple as walking can make a big difference.

Get ready to #TakeTheLeap by setting up a free on-on-one session http://www.telus.com/betteryou and find out the best technology to fit your lifestyle.

Just like Ben’s story, all it takes is the desire to make a change and to push you forward the folks at TELUS are offering one (1) EverythingMom reader a chance to win a Fitbit Charger HR. For a chance to win simply fill out the form below letting me know how you incorporate movement into your everyday routine.

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As a TELUS advocate and member of Team TELUS I’ll be sharing similar posts like this but as always the thoughts and opinions are my own. One Fitbit Charger HR is available to be won. Contest closes February 26, 2016 and is open to Canadian residents only. Please see full contest rules

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82 Comments

  1. Pam February 8, 2016 at 4:56 am - Reply

    I do A LOT of dog walking and I try to walk further when the weather is nice.

  2. Cheryl February 8, 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I have 2 kids so needless to say I’m always chasing after them! I would love this to keep me on a daily goal of steps

  3. Tara February 8, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I sit at my desk a lot , so I make sure to get up at least once an hour and do some jumping jacks or lunges. We also walk a lot on the trails with the kids and the dog.

  4. angela m February 8, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

    I love to go for walks with my kids and friends.

  5. jan February 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I set a reminder in my calendar to stand up and walk around so I’m not sitting in front of the monitor for longer than 30 minutes at a time.

  6. Marla February 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I try to take stairs instead of elevators

  7. Wendy hutton February 8, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    I have mobility issues so most of my walking would be around the house doing chores

  8. Courtney February 9, 2016 at 4:10 am - Reply

    I try to take the stairs whenever possible. I’ve also started going for a 20 minute walk every night!

  9. lori b February 9, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I also do the stairs when I can.

  10. Melinda Jana February 9, 2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

    We walk the dog every day and I run 4 days a week

  11. Gillian Morgan February 9, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I try to go for a long walk at least once a day.

  12. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham) February 10, 2016 at 7:28 am - Reply

    I try to walk for a mile 5 days a week, and I always have to go and feed the chickens so that takes a bit of walking.

  13. larissa puls February 10, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

    I usually go for a 7km run every day. I have been chickening out when it is below -15C lately though because I have Raynaud’s and end up with numb feet the first half of my run.

  14. kristen sowko February 10, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Everyday I run for 5km!!! Love it!

  15. Lushka Smith February 10, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I take a walk each day, some days further than others. LOL

  16. Jennifer McLarty February 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I wake up bright an early before the kids are up to get in a workout with our Kinect YourShape Fitness Evolved or some yoga, depending how I feel that day.

  17. Leigh February 10, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I used to try to multi-task and load my arms up with things that had to go upstairs (even balancing two laundry baskets while precariously maneuvering the stairs!). Now, I take much smaller loads so I can run the stairs, and get more steps in.

  18. Amanda Rose February 10, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    My old fitness tracker fell off during a hike. It definitely kept me motivated. I would walk on the spot while watching TV just to get my steps in some nights. I miss it.
    Thanks for the opportunity to replace it.

    • Carrie Anne February 14, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      I lost mine once too Amanda. I didn’t realize how much it kept me motivated until I lost it but luckily I found it again in the house. Fingers crossed for your replacement win.

  19. Kelly Wallace February 10, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I have a desk job so sometimes it’s hard to get exercise throughout the day. I try to get up from my desk once an hour and find a reason to walk somewhere even for a few minutes.
    When it’s nice out I go for walks on my lunch hour.

  20. Athena February 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I take the stairs whenever possible, and I also walk at lunch.

  21. missbobloblaw February 10, 2016 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I go for a walk when the weather is nice, and I do squats when washing dishes!

  22. Jeannie February 11, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I stroll everywhere with my kids. We walk to the library and we walk to get our groceries.

  23. Jenness M February 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    At work I run up and down the stairs a few extra times.

  24. Jenny Major February 12, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I love to go for walks with my kids

  25. Sharon Rooney February 12, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I try to walk everyday and use the stairs whenever possible.

    • Carrie Anne February 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Stairs are a great workout too Sharon. I find that every time I have to walk from the basement to the third floor 🙂

  26. Dave February 13, 2016 at 10:35 am - Reply

    love to go for walks with my kids

    • Carrie Anne February 14, 2016 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      Yes walks seem to be my biggest form of keeping active too Dave.

  27. Anne Taylor February 13, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I do as much walking as I can and I also run after three new grandbabies!

  28. Chris Stockford February 14, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Go for long walks!

  29. maria February 14, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I am on my feet all day at work and go for walks at lunch.

  30. Doris H February 14, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I walk everyday after supper.

  31. andrea amy February 14, 2016 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    I try to walk every day. I don’t drive, so for regular stuff (taking the kids to school etc) I walk.

  32. Amie February 14, 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    I walk everyday , mostly for the dog , and way more in the warm weather ! I sure miss that sunshine weather ! 😀

  33. Suzi February 15, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    When I’m heading off to work, I take the 3 flights of stairs down to the carpark rather then taking the elevator. At work I try to get up at least once and early and do some walking around while completing tasks because I think that every little step counts!

  34. michelle matta February 15, 2016 at 9:59 am - Reply

    If I’m on my computer I try and get up every 20 mins and do one cleaning thing. eg grab glasses sitting around. Not only does it help my body, but it makes cleaning seem a smaller task.

  35. Krista M February 15, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I don’t have a driver’s license or car, so walking is a part of my every single day, to get groceries, take the kids to school, walk to the bus stop for work. And now at work we’ve started taking half hour walks on our lunch breaks since the weather has been so wonderful this winter.

  36. Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo February 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I always take the stairs, park far from the door, take the dog for a walk and walk on the spot when I’m in the kitchen. It all adds up, however, I’d love a Fitbit so that I really know how much I walk in a day.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  37. Shannon H February 15, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I try to get up hourly to walk around the office

    • Carrie Anne February 18, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Great idea Shannon. It’s so easy to sit in your seat.

  38. Tina L. February 15, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I do as much walking as I can

  39. Heather S February 16, 2016 at 5:11 am - Reply

    When I’m at work, I select the longest route to a meeting room or desk to get more steps. I try to take a break every few hours and do some laps around the floor.

  40. Andrea February 16, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

    I go for walks everyday!

  41. Carolyn February 16, 2016 at 9:11 am - Reply

    I go to hot yoga almost every day!

  42. Amy Heffernan February 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    I try and walk anywhere and everywhere!!!

  43. Andrea L February 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I try to walk everywhere I can!

  44. Joseph Dawe February 16, 2016 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I do push ups a few times a week and walk!

  45. Bailey Dexter February 17, 2016 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Hubby has had two surgeries in the last year. It very important that we both walk everyday. We go down to the board-walk & enjoy the stroll. Also we both do a exercise class once a week!

  46. Brenda Penton February 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    I have a fitness plan that I follow everyday. A mix of strength training and HIIT

  47. Nicole Jubleew February 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    When the weather is good I try to take a half hour walk on my lunch hour.

  48. Julie Bolduc February 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I take the stairs instead of the elevator while I’m at work I go up and down 0 times a day

  49. Jennifer L. February 18, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

    When I can, I prefer to walk to do my errands, rather than drive. I feel better this way.

  50. Jen Oram February 18, 2016 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I hit the treadmill every morning after I get my boy out the door for school, park the furthest I can from the door of a store, and just try to be conscious of making my body move

    • Carrie Anne February 18, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Parking at the far end of the parking lot is a great tip Jen.

  51. Lucy February 19, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Making time to go to the gym daily

  52. Florence C February 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I walk and take the stairs when possible.

  53. marie s February 19, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    I walk all the time around the house cleaning things. I also joined the gym to keep busy

  54. Yuen C February 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    I would clean up and walk up and down the stairs at home

  55. debbie p February 20, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    I always take the stairs and walk to the store when I can.

  56. Diane52 February 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I walk the trails in the woods by our house.

  57. Eldon February 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I take the stairs!

  58. Carole D. February 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I go up and down my stairs (14 stairs)10 times in a row. I walk on my treadmill and love water workout!

  59. Jen C (@JusticeSadie) February 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    We are fortunate to live downtown Calgary we have many bike lanes and Trails. We walk and Bike everywhere! I would love to win a Fit bit to help track and keep me on target of weight loss. Thanks so much for the chance.

  60. Melanie D February 22, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I walk. A lot. I rarely take the streetcar or subway unless my destination is farther than 6km away, or if I’m running late. I somehow have convinced myself that I can speed walk faster than the streetcar… It’s not true, but I certainly get a good workout trying.

  61. M February 23, 2016 at 3:14 am - Reply

    I take stairs whenever possible; I get off 2-3 stops earlier and walk the rest of the way.

  62. em February 23, 2016 at 4:43 am - Reply

    take the stairs instead of the elevators or escalators. sometimes i opt to walk home instead of taking the subway

  63. Cathy C February 23, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Don’t stand – step. Brushing teeth, preparing dinner, tweeting. Make every minute could. It really adds up.

  64. Tracy D February 24, 2016 at 6:38 am - Reply

    I’m a walker before breakfast, get my activity in early!

  65. Caroline February 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I walk my dog and try to take the stairs as much as possible.

    • Carrie Anne February 27, 2016 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Yes dogs are a great fitness too Caroline 🙂

  66. Sunshine G February 24, 2016 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    We go on a before dinner walk – and it also helps tucker them out before bed!

  67. Erica Seaman February 25, 2016 at 7:50 am - Reply

    I keep as busy as possible, I park as far away from doorways as I can and I have a mini trampoline in my basement.

  68. Alicia H February 25, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I enjoy going for long walks around the city on my lunch break, and take the stairs when I can!

  69. Barb W February 25, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

    I don’t drive so walking is always in my routine!

  70. leana February 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I walk everywhere I can!

  71. Jonnie February 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I walk the dog a few times each day and I always park at the back of parking lots.

  72. Maritess S February 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    My family walks after supper instead of watching TV.

  73. ivy pluchinsky February 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I go for walks!

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