Health and Wellness

Tips for Getting Active

By Carol McCabe, MS, RD, LDN

Take the first step to achieving good health by walking. Walking is the simplest way to start and continue a fitness routine. It costs nothing and has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise. Walking can be safe and easy

Why it works:

  • Research has shown that for every hour of walking, life expectancy can increase by two hours

  • 30 minutes of walking a day provides benefits for heart health

  • Walking is the most effective form of exercise to achieve a healthy heart

Try these tips for increasing physical activity no matter where you are:

Get physical activity in the comfort of your own home- you can even combine exercise with other activities you enjoy, such as reading or watching television

  • Walk around while talking on the telephone 
  • Mow the grass or garden
  • Go for a short walk before or after meals
  • Walk or bike to the corner store instead of driving
  • Spend time on your stationary bike while reading or watching TV

Look for opportunities to get active and have fun at the same time.

  • Plan outings that allow you and your family to be active (hiking, swimming, etc.)
  •  Enjoy sightseeing while walking or bicycling
  • Join a fitness club or recreational group
  • Walk while golfing instead of using a cart
  • Play racquetball or tennis
  • Rent a rowboat on a trip to the lake

Reference: American Heart Association- www.heart.org