Real-Life Movement

7 Tips for Including Movement in the Way You Live

  1. Take an extra lap.
    Once you’ve got the grocery cart fully loaded, take a final victory lap around the perimeter of the store pushing its weight at a brisk pace.
  2. Stretch it out.
    Feeling bored or sleepy in the middle of the day? Rather than reach for a snack, try a few stretches. Start with your neck and shoulders and work your way down to your toes.
  3. Choose the detour.
    Walk one block farther with the dog than you’re used to. Walk past your work station and circle back. Bypass the elevators and find the stairs.
  4. Make movement work for you.
    Housework is movement. Set a timer for 20 minutes and declutter at a lively pace. Then you can enjoy the double sense of accomplishment.
  5. Learn what 10 minutes feels like.
    Keeping your heart rate up for just 10 minutes a day can make a difference in your fitness and in your mood and energy. Find an activity you enjoy, set the timer, and go.
  6. Celebrate life.
    Crank up the music, grab family members or friends, and instigate an impromptu dance party. Keep those arms and legs moving as you twist and bob.
  7. Turn on the generosity.
    A commitment to movement doesn’t have to come at the expense of your impulse for kindness. Help a neighbor out with yard work, moving furniture, or cleaning out the garage and accomplish both goals —along with building a valuable relationship.

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