Fitting in physical activity—it’s flexible!
If you’re wondering how to fit physical activity into your busy day, relax. You can get your daily activity all at once or total it up in periods as short as 10 minutes.
You can get your physical activity through planned exercise such as brisk walking, swimming or aerobics, or through everyday activities such as taking the stairs, cleaning the house or walking the dog—or a combination. All activity counts!
For example, to reach a 60-minute goal, you could walk for 30 minutes during your lunch hour, dance with your kids for 20 minutes, and vacuum for 10 minutes.
More ways to fit fitness into your day
- Work in more walking. Walking is an ideal exercise for just about everyone. A planned “power walk” is terrific, but so are short stretches of walking throughout the day. Park in the farthest spot, walk down the hall to talk with a co-worker, take a walk during your break and circle the field while you watch your kids’ games.
- Schedule it at work. Join an “express” aerobics, pilates or yoga class on your lunch hour or take advantage of an on-site workout room. Walk and stretch during your breaks and lunch hour.
- Master the stairs. Skip the elevator and walk up the stairs. Walk up the escalator, too.
- Make fitness fun! Remember how great it felt to be active as a kid? Recapture that fun feeling by flying a kite, dancing, or playing tag or basketball with your kids.
- Rekindle an old interest. Join an adult kickball or softball league, take tap dancing lessons or get out that old tennis racket.
- Take advantage of TV time. While you watch, use a treadmill or stationary bike, lift weights, do calisthenics or stretch.
- Get the family on board. Hike your local nature trail, go bowling or go in-line skating.
- Get fit around the house. Vacuum, sweep, wash windows, mow the lawn, tend the garden, rake leaves, shovel snow or wash the car.