Lifestyle physical activities do not have to be planned. You can make small changes to make your day more physically active and improve your health. For example:
◆If possible, take 2- to 3-minute walking breaks at work a few times a day.
◆Put away the TV remote control— get up to change the channel.
◆March in place during TV commercials.
◆Stand or walk, rather than sit, while talking on the phone.
◆Play with your family.
Even a shopping trip can be exercise, since it is a chance to walk and carry your bags. In addition, doing chores like lawn mowing, raking leaves, gardening, and housework can count as activity.
If you can do only a few or none of these activities, it is OK. Appreciate what you can do, even if you think it is a small amount. Doing any movement—even for a short time—can make you healthier. Remember, each activity you do is a step toward a more active lifestyle.