We all know how important physical activity is, but why is it that we don’t all engage in some type of physical activity daily? Although physical activity increases your chances of living longer, sleeping better at night, maintaining a healthy weight, having stronger and healthier muscles and bones, decreases your chances of being depressed, and overall helps you feel better about yourself… why is it that this is not enough to get everyone’s attention?
Who has the time? This is one of the most common excuses in the book, and I have to say, I get it! It’s hard to manage our time between work, our families, and social lives. But, I have good news… the CDC recommends we get about 2 hours and 30 minutes of physical activity in a week… that’s only 30 minutes a day! This is achievable for everyone, and I have plenty of tips that can help!
You can fit in your exercises throughout the day, it doesn’t all have to be at once! As long as you are doing your physical activity at moderate levels for 10 minutes at a time, this is perfectly fine. This means getting your heart rate up and maintaining a steady pace for at least 10 minutes. Fit in a good 10 minutes before work in the morning, another on your lunch break, and again in the evening. Your 30 minutes is complete!
Where do I start? You can choose any type of physical activity you want! It can be anything as long as you are going at a moderate to vigorous pace. This can even include household chores, such as mowing the lawn, walking the dog, raking the leaves, etc.
While going to work in the morning, park in a farther parking spot to get more walking in, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and on your lunch break walk a block or two to get lunch instead of driving!
These things may not seem like much, but they can make all the difference. More and more Americans are living sedentary lifestyles and this is leading to many health problems. The leading causes of death in the U.S. are due to heart disease, certain cancers, and complications due to obesity. Many of these deaths can be prevented with the simple lifestyle choice of incorporating physical activity into your day. Let’s not waste any more time on excuses, and end the sedentary lifestyle epidemic!