How Can I Lead a More Active Lifestyle?

There’s a good chance you’re reading this while sitting at your computer. And you may have been sitting there for quite a while!

We all sit at our computer, in our car and in front of our TV. Research is showing that long periods of being inactive can raise your risk of developing heart disease, cancer and other health problems.

It can be tough to change from an inactive or sedentary lifestyle. But taking even small steps toward a more active lifestyle can make a big difference by reducing your health risks.

  • You can start to build physical activity into your regular routine by:
  • Taking the stairs instead of an elevator
  • Parking farther away when going to the grocery, the mall or at work so that you have to walk farther
  • Take on some of the cleaning at home, including vacuuming, washing the car, gardening, raking leaves or shoveling

The National Institutes of Health also recommends cutting back on the time you spend in front of the TV, computer and other electronics. You could:

  • Watch less TV
  • Walk your dog or take a walk yourself before you watch a TV show
  • Work out on an exercise ball, stationary bike or treadmill while watching TV
  • Limit computer time before you sit down and turn the computer on

Talk to your doctor for more ideas about how you can get more active.

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