Be Active

Physical Activity at Home

Walk 10 Minutes a Day and Increase Your Fitness Level
Old thinking was to work out in a sweat-filled gym for hours a day. No pain, no gain. New studies show that even short bouts of activity can increase your fitness level, especially if you're new at working out.

Check out this 12-week beginner's schedule for walking.

Park and Walk
Whenever you have an errand, park your car as far away as you can handle and walk to the store. At the mall, park at the farthest end and walk the length of the mall. Use every opportunity to walk. At the end of the day, it all adds up to better fitness.

Crunch in Bed
Before you even get out of bed in the morning, do 10 stomach crunches while lying flat on your mattress. Increase daily by one until you get up to 100. Think you'll never get there? Try it. You may eventually have to set your clock to wake up 15 minutes earlier, a small price to pay for a flatter stomach and a stronger back.

Lift your Groceries
You don't have to invest a lot of money in weights to increase your strength. You can get the same benefits by using cans of soup, old milk jugs filled with water, or baggies of beans or flour. Start small and work your way up to the point when your muscles get tired. Strength training is a proven way to help you increase your range of motion and help you burn calories faster! Check out our weightlifting guide to make sure you are using the correct form and posture.

 

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