Fitting in fitness
The amount of physical activity you need depends on your current health status, as well as your health and fitness goals. But generally speaking, a good goal is to include at least 30 minutes of physical activity or exercise in your daily schedule.
Sometimes that can be easier said than done — we all have days where we're challenged by time, discomfort or a lack of motivation. But here are some tips that may help you more regularly fit in fitness:
- Choose what you like — The best exercise is the one you’ll do consistently.
- Be flexible — The best time to exercise is whenever you can.
- Remember that all movement counts — Walking to the store, weeding the garden and cleaning the house count as physical activity.
- Break it up — Three 10-minute sessions of brisk walking can provide almost the same benefits that one 30-minute session does.
- Mix it up — Try new types of exercise and don’t feel tied to one activity.
- Plan activity breaks — Include time in your day to stretch and move around. Walk to get some water. Walk up and down a few flights of stairs.
- Find opportunities to move — When you talk on the phone or check your email stand instead of sit. When watching your favorite TV program or reading a book, walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike.
- Find a fitness partner — Having one will make exercise more fun, and it will help you stick with your activity plan.
- Don’t overdo it — If you’ve been inactive, start slowly and give your body a chance to get used to increased activity. A common mistake is starting an activity program at too high an intensity.
What are your own roadblocks to fitting in physical activity? What has helped you overcome them? Leave a comment below.
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