Healthy Living Tips

Healthy Living Tip #296

Move! Modern-day lifestyles involve much more sitting than our bodies are naturally designed to do. We sit at our desks most of the workday, we sit while driving, and we come home and sit in front of the television set. We are doing our bodies much harm by not moving enough. So find a way to start moving more but remember the golden rule of starting small and gradually increasing. Whatever you start doing it needs to be something you can sustain for the rest of your life. Start, for example, by deciding to walk for 30 minutes every day after work. If that is too much for you, start with a 30-minute walk on the weekend. Once you have done this for a few weeks, add a 30-minute walk sometime in the week. Try parking your car farther from your destination than you normally would. Try walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator or the escalator. If your body is not used to movement, you really do need to start small and build up gradually. Eventually, you will feel a little bit stronger and you will want to challenge yourself more by adding on longer walks or other physical activities.