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Activity Ideas

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Activity Ideas

With planning and a little creativity, even the busiest people can fit physical activity into their schedule. Here are some easy ideas that build physical activity into your daily routine:

Commuting

  • Walk, bicycle, jog or blade to work, school, the store, the library or your place of worship.
  • Park the car farther away from your destination.
  • Get on or off the bus several blocks away.

At Work

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
  • Take quick, brisk walking breaks or desk exercise breaks throughout the day.
  • Attend exercise classes before or after work.
  • Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes in your car or office.
  • Set up a walking schedule with co-workers.

At Home

  • Walk and play actively with children or pets.
  • Exercise while watching television (march, jump rope, stationary bike, treadmill or stair climber).
  • Set up a walking schedule with neighbors or family members.

Chores/Errands

  • Use your errands as a time to bike or walk.
  • Go into stores and restaurants rather than using drive-up services (dry cleaning, coffee, ATMs, restaurants).Wash and wax your car instead of driving through a car wash.
  • Avoid labor saving devices like a self-propelled lawnmower or snow blower.
  • Mow the lawn, shovel the snow and/or clean your house yourself instead of hiring it out.
  • Work up a sweat while cleaning the house - move more and faster.
  • Pick your own fruit when available (blueberries, strawberries, cherries, apples, etc.).

Recreation

  • Instead of using a golf cart, walk your nine or 18 holes of golf.
  • Walk to a park or playground with the kids instead of driving.
  • Wear a pedometer and increase your steps daily. Work your way up to 10,000 steps a day.