Opportunities to Be Active Are Everywhere

Young woman hikingLove it or hate it, physical activity must become part of your daily life to maintain a healthy heart, weight, immune system, and brain function. If you love it, great! Keep at it!

“I would need to join a gym to get active.” Totally untrue! You don’t need equipment to go for a walk or do crunches. You could also vacuum the floor, clean your room, walk the dog, take the stairs—these activities all count as physical activity! There are all kinds of ways to get moving. Make a list of your daily routine and add some momentum to your regular movements.

“Being active is boring.” Physical activity doesn’t have to be a dreaded obligation. Take a brisk walk with a friend, ride a bike, go for a swim, or even just blast your favorite song and get your groove on while you fold your clothes. Try something new to get inspired: yoga, skating, dance classes, workout videos, or anything else you’re curious about. Go for it!

“I’m too busy; I don’t have time to be active.” Okay, it’s true that health experts recommend being active for at least 30 minutes a day—but that doesn’t mean you have to do it all at one time. Find movement for 10 minutes at a time, if that’s all you have, as long as it all adds up. Remember that even 10 minutes is better than zero, so get started today.

“I don’t need physical activity because my body looks fine the way it is.” But DID YOU KNOW that being active benefits your mind too? Regular physical activity greatly relieves stress, boosts your mood, increases energy, and has the power to ease symptoms of depression. Being active also builds strong bones and muscles to prevent physical health problems from arising in your future!

Track your daily physical activity by making a chart or keeping a diary, and give yourself credit for making time to POWER YOUR HEALTH!