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What is the easiest way to increase physical activity?

Simply think about the things you do on a daily basis that can make things easier on you physically and ask yourself if you can make it more physically demanding while achieving the same result. Some examples: normally we drive our cars to work. Can you walk or ride a bike? If you do have to drive to work, do you find the closest parking spot? If so, can you park farther away to force you to get in more steps? If you take the elevator or escalator to get to another floor of a building, can you take the stairs?  If you eat your lunch at your desk, can you have a walking lunch? So you simply replace what you normally do that may make things less physically demanding and replace it with physical activity to achieve the same outcome.

Being physically active on a regular basis has both mental and physical benefits, for men and women, of all ages. Becoming more physically active could be the single most important thing you can do, right now, to improve the quality of your life for your future. Here are a few simple tips to get you started:
  • Walk, instead of taking the car, whenever possible. If the gym, store, or post office is close - leave the car at home.
  • Do at least one chore each day that requires you to be physically active. For example, wash the windows, mow the lawn, or clean your room.
  • Park at the far end of the parking lot.
  • Choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
  • Play with your children. This can also be great family bonding time!
  • Take your dog for a walk, or an extra walk, each day.
  • While watching your favorite TV show, do some gentle stretching.
  • Call up a friend and go for a walk while you both chat and catch up on the latest gossip.
Try to look for opportunities each day where you can get up and move around. The goal for increasing physical activity is to sit less and move more.

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