The CDC guidelines for levels of physical activity recommend that adults get two and a half hours a week of moderate intensity exercise. This level of physical activity has shown to have many positive effects on your life. It can help with weight control as well as lower your chances of diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers, potentially extending your lifespan. It also can have the bonus effect of lifting your mood.
Two and a half extra hours can seem overwhelming for those of us who feel like we already have trouble fitting everything in between long hours at work, taking care of kids, and whatever else pops up to surprise you in a given week. The good news is anything you do helps and you don’t have to do it all at once.
Here are some ideas for making your work day count towards your goals:
Even if you are already exercising in the evenings, it is very difficult to combat 8-10 hours a day of sitting, so implementing some of these ideas can complement your existing program.
The trick is to find a couple of changes to fit into your current work day and repeat, repeat, repeat until you make it a habit.
Sara Butler, PT, DPT