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Incorporating Fitness Into A Busy Schedule

Fitness is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes it can be hard to find the time to fit it in. Any time you can get up and move is the best time to work out. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the morning, middle of the day or at night. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends these exercise guidelines: Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity.

To help integrate fitness into your daily life, follow these easy tips.
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Park farther away so you get in a few extra steps.
  • If possible, walk or bike to your workplace.
  • During your lunch break, take a walk for 15 to 20 minutes around the block to get in some exercise.
  • Instead of carrying a big water bottle or thermos, keep your drink in a small mug or glass so you will have to get up from your desk to refill your drink.
  • Even something as simple as getting up from your desk and walking around your office for a couple of minutes every hour or two can help.
  • If possible, use a sit/stand desk, which can give you the option of being a little bit more active in your workplace.
  • Eat healthy. Small, frequent meals and having healthy snacks such as yogurt, fruit, and peanuts are the key. Eating these types of snacks can stave off hunger and improve weight loss.
  • Stay hydrated whenever you exercise. Staying hydrated can prevent injuries, cramping, early fatigue, and the possibility of fainting.

Remeber getting in the recommended amount exercise is essential to maintaining your health. Exercise keeps your metabolic rate up so you can burn more calories. It also helps you lose weight and lowers the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Routine exercise can be a great way to keep your body healthy and prevent those issues.

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