Question: I understand that exercise is really important, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to fit a full workout into my busy schedule. What are some things I can do to stay in shape without going to the gym?
Answer: It’s great that you recognize how important physical activity is, and you want to fit exercise into your daily routine. As a Together Counts™ program partner encouraging healthy, active living, we know any time is a great time to focus on fitness. The USDA recommends that adults get two and a half hours of moderate physical activity every week, and it doesn’t matter how you fit them into your schedule. A full 30-minute workout, two 15- minute sessions, or three 10-minute sessions per day for five days a week will help you reach that goal. You don’t need to go to the gym for moderate exercise. In fact, walking at a quick pace is a great way to keep your body in shape! Here are some practical ways to add more physical activity to your daily routine.
- Instead of searching for the closest parking spot, park farther away and walk briskly to the entrance.
- Choose the stairs over elevators and escalators.
- Go for a brisk 15-minute walk during your lunch break.
- Don’t use the drive-thru if you’re not in a hurry. Instead, park and walk.
- Play with your kids — ride bikes, play tag or kick around a soccer ball.
- Do sit-ups, jumping jacks, or household chores during TV commercials.
- Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, invite him or her for a walk in the park. Ride bikes, play tag, or kick around a soccer ball.
- Jump rope for a quick and inexpensive cardio workout.
Meredith McGrath RD, LDN is the Corporate Dietitian at Redner’s Warehouse Markets. Her mission is to help people to enjoy food, but eat less and move more! See more at: www.rednersmarkets.com
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