RackCard_Wellness298Looking for an easy way to increase your physical activity?

I know it can be hard to set aside time for exercise, especially after long hours at work. The average American only takes approximately 4,000 steps per day. It is recommended that a healthy population should take at least 10,000 steps per day.

Here are 7 quick and easy tips to help you add a little more exercise into your daily routine.

  1. Walk. Instead of driving to work and worrying about the hassle of parking or catching the bus. If you live within a reasonable walking distance, prepare ahead of time and walk to work.
  2. Walk more! If you do choose to drive to your designated location, park your car in a more distant parking spot to increase your walking time.
  3. Take the stairs. Instead of waiting for those long and crowded elevators, find the nearest stairwell.
  4. Walk and Talk. If a coworker asks you to if you want to sit and chat, suggest going for a walk instead.
  5. Stand. Instead of sitting while you do work at your desk or in meetings, standing is a great way to increase blood flow without a lot of movement.
  6. Play. Play with your kids outside or inside, the movement is good for them too.
  7. Cheer. At sporting events, even if it’s just a t-ball game, walk up and down the field to cheer on the players.
  8. Clean. Cleaning your house and lawn can take a lot of effort. Chores count too!

Olivia Johnson is student in the University of Vermont Master of Science in Dietetics program. She is completing her foodservice practicum in Nutrition Services at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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