Taking Care of Your Health
Fitting Physical Activity Into Your Day
Like most people, you’ve probably heard that regular exercise and physical activity are good for you. But your days are filled with family, work, errands, reading, TV, cooking, volunteering, and any number of other important activities. Where’s the time to keep fit and (cross fingers) last longer? Here are a few tips to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your day.
If you're caring for a parent or have senior citizens who aren't active—do them a favor and guide them to this great (and free) US government site. They can watch videos, work out their own exercise routines, and find expert advice.
BE ACTIVE EVERY DAY AND HELP YOUR HEALTH, FITNESS LEVELS, AND LONGEVITY STATS
Seize every opportunity to be active. Going shopping? Park at the far end of the lot and walk briskly to the store entrance. Take a few extra minutes to walk the entire mall or every aisle of the grocery store. (Be sure to pat yourself on the back when you resist temptation in the candy aisle!) Need to talk with a colleague at work? Don’t call or e-mail. Walk down the hall or take the stairs to her office. Waiting for the coffee to brew in the morning? Do a few wall push-ups.
Do the things you enjoy and pick up the pace a bit. If you love the outdoors, explore local hiking or biking trails. If music is your passion, listen while you do yard work or give dancing lessons a try. Make a social occasion with family or friends an active occasion—play basketball or walk your dogs together.
To find out more about how you can be more active, visit the Go4Life® website at www.nia.nih.gov/Go4Life. Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. It has exercises, success stories, and free materials to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going.
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