Fitness tip: Build exercise into your next shopping trip
Walking around stores at a brisk speed is a great way to get some physical activity when it is too chilly to walk outside or you have lots of holiday shopping to do.
Being physically active is important for your health.
Adults who are physically active are less likely to develop some chronic diseases, as compared to those who are inactive, according to choosemyplate.gov. Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from a physically active lifestyle.
Adding activity into your day is possible. Choose activities you enjoy. Adults should aim for at least 2 ½ hours, or 150 minutes, of physical activity each week., according to choosemyplate.gov.
Following are three tips for fitting exercise into your day:
• Chores count: Clean the house, wash the car, or mow the lawn with a push mower. These activities count toward your goal of at least 150 minutes each week.
• Work out during TV time: Watch a movie while you jog on a treadmill or download a video on your phone and watch while you ride a stationary bike.
• Find ways to move: Take a brisk walk around the parking lot, jog to the bus stop, or ride your bike to the subway station. If you have an infant or toddler, take a long walk using the stroller, and everyone gets some fresh air.
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