How can I be more active during the day?

Here are some ideas for adding more activity to your lifestyle:
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk whenever you can instead of driving.
  • Get off the bus or train a stop early -- or park farther away and walk.
  • Stand up or walk around while talking on the phone.
  • Reduce your screen time (TV, Internet, video games). And when you do watch TV, ditch the remote control -- get up to change channels.
  • At work, use lunch hours and coffee breaks to take a walk around the building.
  • Use the restroom on a different floor at work and home.
  • Make social occasions more active. Instead of dining out, go dancing, bowling, or hiking.
  • Schedule walks before or after dinner. Take the whole family.
  • Turn weekends into activity days. Go hiking, biking, golfing, or cycling -- and bring a healthy picnic along.
  • Create a "walking carpool." Take turns walking your kids -- and your neighbor's kids -- to and from school.
  • Get a dog, and walk it twice a day.

To be more active throughout the day, there are small things you can do. Here’s a short list:

  1. wake up earlier and walk the dogs
  2. park further away from your building at work or wherever you’re going
  3. schedule short breaks throughout the day and take a walk
  4. put aside an hour everyday to spend at the fitness center
  5. adjust your lifestyle to include weekend activities such as cycling
There are many opportunities to be active throughout the day. Any activity will burn calories. The more you move around, the more energy you'll have. Some ways that you can be more active throughout the day include:
  • Walk instead of drive whenever possible
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Work in the garden, rake leaves, or do some housecleaning every day
  • Park at the far end of the shopping center lot and walk to the store
  • Walk down every aisle of the grocery store
  • Walk in place or stretch while you watch TV
  • Walk around the house or up and down stairs while you talk on the phone
  • Get up from your desk and take a lap around the office once each hour while you are at work

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.