No More “Not Enough Time”: 8 Easy Tips to Fit Exercise into Your Day
Monday, December 22, 2014

Summary

Dog-walking and other tips to work exercise into your daily life.

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Edward Stanley once said, “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
 
We know exercise is good for us, so why can’t we find the time? One key may be to quit trying to “find time” and think instead about merging activity into what you are already doing. Research has shown that several short bouts of 10 minutes of activity a day can be as beneficial on for your health as one continuous 30 to 60-minute period. With this in mind, you can strategize ways to incorporate short bouts of movement into your day.
  1. Can you walk to get your mail at work? Or walk to someone’s office rather then send an email?
  2. Can use the stairs whenever possible and perhaps take the long way around (go up one floor then down two and back one)?
  3. Can you use the bathroom on another floor at work or in your home?
  4. Could you set a timer on your computer or your watch to remind you that you have been sitting too long and it’s time to move?
  5. Could you convert your desk to a standing desk?
  6. Can you park in one location and walk to several places while doing errands?
  7. Could you once a week commit to walking to a store or to lunch or to get the paper?
  8. If your dog is overweight, maybe it’s time for you both to go for a couple of short walks each day.
  9. Exercise is a journey, not a destination. And every destination starts with a single step.
— By June Kloubec, PhD, a core faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.
 
 

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