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Fitness tip: Start slow when getting active after a break

Craig Press staff report

Walking the dog for at least 10 minutes at a time is a great way to be active after a break.

Being more physically active is one of the best things you can do for your health, and it doesn't have to be hard or involve the gym.

Haven't been active in a while?

It might be tempting to jump back in, but fitness experts at choosemyplate.gov recommend starting back up slowly.

Gradually build up the time you spend being active to get back into a healthier routine.

Be sure to perform at least 10 minutes of activity at a time; shorter bursts of activity will not have the same health benefits.

For example, walking the dog for 10 minutes before and after work or adding a 10-minute walk at lunchtime can add to your weekly goal.

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Following are more tips from choosemyplate.gov:

Get social: Get active with your friends instead of going out to eat. Go for a hike, walk around the mall, or play an exercise-themed video game.

Move more at work: Fit more activity into the workday. Stand during phone calls, use a printer farther from your desk, and get up to stretch each hour.

Do something new: Develop a new skill to kick-start your motivation. Sign up for a class to learn how to salsa dance, surf, do tai chi, or play a sport.