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Tips to Get Fit for Spring

Spring is finally here and that means it’s time to start working off those extra winter pounds!  Here are a few useful exercise tips to help you get the most of your daily activities.

1.  Choose activities you like. A lot of different things count as exercise: dancing, walking, gardening, yoga, cycling, playing basketball. To make it easier to get moving, choose whatever gets you moving

2.  Piece your workout together. You don’t need to get all your exercise at one time. Ten minutes morning, noon, and night can give much of the same benefit as 30 minutes all at once.

3.  Exercise with a friend. Finding a workout partner can help keep you on trackand motivate you to get out the door.

4.  Take lunch on the move. Don’t spend all of your lunch time sitting. Hit the gym or go for a 20-minute walk with coworkers, and then have a meal when you are done.

5.  Take the stairs. Use the stairs instead of elevators and escalators whenever possible.

6.  Turn off the TV, computer, and smart phone.Cutting back on screen time is a great way to curb your “sit time.” Trade screen time for active time—visit the gym, or even just straighten up around the apartment.

7.  Hunt for the farthest parking space. If you drive to work or to run errands, purposefully park your car a little farther from your office or the store. It may not seem like much, but over weeks and months, these minutes of exercise add up.

8.  Make it social. Walk with a friend, your spouse, or your family in the morning or evening.

9.  Walk or bike for errands around town. Leave the car at home for trips that are less than a mile or two. Cross something off your to-do list while getting in your physical activity.

10.Plan exercise into your day. Set aside a specific time in your schedule to exercise and put it in your planner.

Source:  http://www.hsph.harvard.edu