Finding time for exercise can be difficult. However, if you want to stay heart healthy, you should try to do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. But don't worry, if you are unable to do a 30-minute session all at once, you can divide it into two 15-minute sessions or three 10-minute sessions.
Here are 8 tips for squeezing exercise into your busy schedule:
- Take your children for a walk: Going for a walk with your children is a great way to spend time with them. Make the routine more fun by turning it into a scavenger hunt or exploring new places in your neighborhood.
- Walk your dog: This is a wonderful activity that not only improves your heart health, but also your relationship with your beloved animal friend.
- Go for a stroll at the mall: When it is too hot or too cold to go for a walk outside, get some exercise done by taking a stroll at the mall.
- Join a sports team: Playing sports with your friends is a fun and effective way to stay healthy.
- Park further away and walk: Instead of getting stressed over trying to look for the perfect parking spot, park your vehicle somewhere far away and walk to your destination.
- Take the stairs: If your home or workplace is not located on a very high floor, you can improve your fitness by taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Exercise during TV time: Walking or jogging in place or on a treadmill while watching a 30-minute TV show will give you all the exercise you need for the day.
- Walk and talk: Every time you engage in a fairly long conversation on the phone, make it a point to walk around while you talk.
The updated physical activity guidelines for Americans state any movement that gets your heart rate up, even just a little bit, is beneficial. The new message is you can dramatically improve your health just by moving — anytime, anywhere, and by any means that gets you active.
Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise routine, but It doesn’t take much to get moving. The hardest part is committing to a plan and sticking with it.
For more information on the updated physical activity guidelines for Americans, check out our guide “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.” Inside you’ll find more ways to ease yourself into an exercise routine and how hard you should be working out to see results.