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. In fact, now is a great time to focus on fitness, because the theme for the March 2012 National Nutrition Month is “Get Your Plate in Shape!” The USDA recommends that adults get two and a half hours of mod- erate 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.
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