Thursday, February 2, 2012

Finding Time to Exercise

The main reason people give for not exercising is that they don’t have the time.  It does not take much physical activity to meet the minimum that doctors recommend to keep generally fit. The rule of thumb is 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week. Some studies suggest that shorter periods of exercise, 10 minutes say, spaced through the day can be just as effective.  Click here for some easy ideas on fitting in 10 minutes of exercise in your day.

  • Park in the FARTHEST spot away from the door for work and shopping.  
  • Take the stairs, 2 flights up, 3 flights down.
  • Take a 10 minute walk at lunch.  
  • Keep walking shoes and socks in your desk.  
  • Stay standing on your bus or train.
  • Walk away from your destination a few stops to pick up a bus, get steps in and get a seat!
  • At home, go up and down stairs with light loads often, rather than heavy loads once.
  • Do your distasteful tasks; laundry, cleaning, yard work, in 10 minute intense bursts.  
  • Watch the news or read on your treadmill or exercise bike.
  • Invite a friend for a walk to a coffee shop 10 minutes away. 
  • Walk instead of taking a car if the trip is under a mile.  Use a backpack.  
  • Walk and play with children whenever you can.
  • Rescue a dog!  Walk at least twice daily.

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