4 Ways to Move More Everyday
Daily physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your body and health. There are several different exercises you can do to get your daily movement in. The CDC recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity such as brisk walking, and at least 2 days a week of muscle strengthening exercises. As it turns out, just being up and about throughout the day can be healthier for you than doing a rigorous workout. Here are my tips on how to add more movement into your day:
- The U.S Department of Health and Human Services defines moderate aerobic exercises as “anything that makes your heart beat faster.” That means a wide range of daily activities can become exercise if you do them faster or more intensely.
Take the stairs.
- Did you know that taking the stairs for two minutes, five days a week provides the same calorie burn as a 36-minute walk? Next time you have the option between stairs or an elevator, take the stairs for more movement.
Add 15 minutes of walking to your lunch menu.
- Most people usually have 30 to 60 minutes to eat lunch at work or home, but eating usually takes 10-15 minutes. During your next lunch break try to take a little walk even if it's just around your house. Every little bit of movement makes the difference.
Join a workout class or group.
- Working out with others has shown to be very motivating. I personally love having people hold me accountable, and it makes it easier to add activity into your daily routine when you have a group with the same goal in mind.
RJ adds more movement into his day by going on runs.