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Living or working in a big city can make getting enough exercise a challenge. Here are some tips for getting more physical movement into your day:
  • Leave your home early so you can park a little farther away from your work place and enjoy a brisk walk first thing in the morning. If you ride public transportation, try getting off one or two stops earlier than usual and walking to your destination. Just remember to wear comfortable shoes. (This same idea works for shopping.)
  • If you have a choice, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. It may take a little more time, but if you do it consistently your speed and stamina will improve to the point where it might be faster to take the stairs – depending on how many flights you have to go, of course!
  • If your job allows, try going for a walk (outside if possible) over your lunch hour. Swing your arms and breathe deeply. If your break is long enough, you could join a nearby health club with a work out room or swim laps in the pool.

    Toe Push Ups
  • When you find yourself standing in line or just hanging around waiting (like at the Laundromat) try doing toe push ups. Lift your heels as far off the floor as you can, then let them slowly back down. You can do sets of five or 10, depending on how much time you have. It may not seem like much exercise, but every little bit helps.
  • At home in the evening when it is dark and you may not want to venture outside to exercise, try making use of an exercise bike, bouncer or treadmill. If you get simple versions of equipment they will fit in an apartment or townhouse. Some models even fold up for easy, out-of-the-way storage.
Many people watch TV or read while they exercise. Some experts say your body won’t benefit as much if you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing. But if exercise by itself is too boring for you handle it seems that “passive exercise” would be better than none.

The human body was designed for motion. Staying fit and healthy needs to include an exercise program of some type. Find what works for you and “just do it!”

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