Best Ways to Stay Active Without Trying

February 15, 2019

Best Ways to Stay Active Without Trying

It’s the dreariest part of winter, and we’re tired of staying inside. Outside the snow continues to fall, but we’re acutely aware that spring is coming, with summer not far behind. As New Year’s Resolutions begin to crumble, we’re feeling the pull to be active again.

Staying active doesn’t have to be a huge commitment involving monumental goals. The most achievable steps to everyday wellness are within your reach AND within your schedule. By thinking creatively – and sometimes a little less “efficiently” – you can make little bursts of activity part of your every day life.


  1. Greet the Day – Do you check your phone as soon as you wake up? Set the screen aside for a minute and start you day by waking up your body. In just five-minutes, you can do a simple yoga routine or simply spend time focusing your mind for the day ahead.
  2. Take the Stairs – Is your office on the second floor? Skip the elevator and take the stairs every time you come and go. For extra steps, use the restroom or fill up your water on a different floor than your office, forcing you to get up during the day.
  3. Park in the Back – Rather than parking in the closest spot while running errands, choose a spot near the back of the lot or a few streets over. You’ll probably have more options, and you’ll get some extra walking in. Admittedly, this can be less enjoyable in the winter, but once you’ve formed the habit, you won’t think twice!
  4. Spend Time with Kids – Any busy mom can tell you, kids will keep you on your toes! If you don’t have little ones yourself, offer to watch a family member or friend’s kids for an evening. If you do have kids, choose a game in the evening that will get your blood pumping – like hide-and-go-seek tag or a dance off. Your kids will appreciate the creativity, and you’ll benefit from an energy boost, too.
  5. Do Desk Exercises – Get the whole team on board! Invite your co-workers to do a little desk yoga with you. It’s a great way to beat the mid-afternoon slump and help your body balance after sitting all day.
  6. Schedule a Walk and Talk – Double the productivity of your meetings by making them walk-and-talks. Agree on an agenda beforehand than discuss each item as you power walk around the block or the building. If your meetings require privacy, technology or handouts, schedule a walk to catch up with a friend on your lunch break instead.
  7. Wear Compression Legwear – It’s as simple as putting on a pair of socks! Graduated compression helps promote blood flow in your legs all day, so you can work hard and still have energy at the end of the day. Wearing compression socks not only supports your health today, but can help prevent any negative effects from sitting or standing for long periods of time.

With these tips and a little flexibility, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to stay healthy. Weaving activity into your daily routine can be a sustainable approach to well-being – outlasting even your best-intentioned resolutions.

Tell us how you stay active every day in the comments below! We’d love to hear your ideas.

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Sizing, Fabric & Compression Levels Guide

Size Chart:

We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.

If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.

VIM & VIGR Size Chart




Fabric Collections:


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 91% Nylon/9% Spandex


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Moisture-wicking fabric to draw sweat and moisture off of the skin
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 83% Moisture-wick Nylon/17% Nylon


  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and premium cotton
  • Composition: 48% Cotton/42% Nylon/10% Spandex


  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and fine Merino wool
  • Light-cushioned sole
  • Composition: 40% Merino wool/45% Nylon/15% Spandex

Garment Care:

Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.

Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.

Compression Levels:

Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.

All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.

VIM & VIGR Compression Levels

How to put on compression socks:

Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel. 

Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.

With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.

Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.