Healthy Habits: Activity Every Day

Start slow so you don’t hurt yourself or get burnt out in the first week

Healthy Habits: Activity Every Day


The body has a unique way of telling us exactly what it needs.  The need for physical activity is no exception.  Many people today find themselves tired, unsatisfied and overcome with stress and anxiety.  This is your body telling you it needs exercise. Fortunately, adding activity everyday can help alleviate the above symptoms and improve mood, increase energy and provide coping mechanisms to manage stress. 


Exercise is the physical effort carried out by the body to sustain or improve health or fitness.

Exercise doesn’t have to mean signing up for a membership to the gym or committing yourself to an hour-long sweat session alongside a bulked-up muscle builder.   You don’t need special fitness apparel, gear or equipment.   The majority of us just need to move more.  We can start by taking small steps towards bigger fitness goals.   


Here are a few things you can implement immediately and continue easily:

Park far from store entrances to get in more steps

Stretch 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes before bedtime

Climb stairs in your house, increase every day

Use canned vegetables as weights for each arm. Increase reps/sets each week

Do a physical activity (sit ups, push-ups, squats) while watching TV for 20 minutes every day

Take a walk, increase your walk by 3 minutes every day

Stand up to put away laundry, move your legs back and forth while folding and putting clothes on hangars

Try exercise videos/workouts online (doing a few minutes at a time is better than nothing)

Dance Party - Lock the doors, close the blinds and rock out to your favorite tunes in the comfort of your own home  


We are often our own worst enemy when it comes to sticking to an activity routine.    Start slow so you don’t hurt yourself or get burnt out in the first week.  Don’t allow yourself to make excuses.  If your health is a priority, then treat it as such.  Schedule physical activity into your calendar.  Set your family up for success with proper planning.  For example, if an activity is scheduled before dinner, be sure you’ve planned a healthy dinner so you don’t have to rely on fast food.  


A healthy lifestyle must include activity every day.  If you slip up, catch yourself before you fall.  Participating in no activity in a day or even a week doesn’t mean you can’t start back up again.  This is a marathon, not a sprint.  There is no finish line.  Your only competition is you.  Once you start to feel the benefits from your active lifestyle, you’ll only wish you had started sooner. 


 This week’s HEALTHY HABIT:  Make yourGOAL 30 minutes of Activity Every Day, minimum.  

Please consult your physician before starting any exercise program

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