Here are some top tips for increasing physical activity:
- Make it fun. Go on a hike, walk with friends, take a bellydancing or karate class, or whatever you enjoy.
- Keep track of it. Make a note of your physical activity in your date book or calendar.
- Set a weekly goal for activity. Have weekly goals because if you set a daily goal and miss a day, you might get discouraged; weekly goals give you more day-to-day flexibility. And at the end of the week, reward yourself with a visual reminder of your accomplishment, such as buying flowers for yourself.
- Work activity into your day. Take a 10-minute walk before lunch or walking up and down the stairs when you’re feeling drained and tired.
Other ideas include wearing a pedometer to track how many steps you take per day (health experts recommend shooting for 10,000 steps per day) and working with a personal trainer (double up with a friend to lower the cost) to create an exercise routine.