Making Moves — 5 Easy Ways to Add Exercise to Your Routine
Dr. Imtiaz Khan | January 27, 2020
It’s not breaking news or even a new message, but it’s worth repeating: physical activity, exercise, moving — whatever you call it — is really good for you. Your body and mind will benefit from it. And it helps prevent or reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke — just to name a few!
- Grab a buddy or join a team. Having someone to move with can help motivate you, and they don’t even have to have two legs! Take your dog for a walk or play outside with them. Or plan a walking and talking date with a friend. Lots of cities have recreational centers or leagues (softball, baseball, ultimate Frisbee, kickball and more) where you can join a team, make friends and exercise while you’re at it. Check out Let’sGo! SC’s recreational facilities site to find something near you.
- Take a hike or a ride a bike. Your neighborhood could be a great, safe place to walk or ride bikes. If it’s not, or if you want to change the scene, try heading out to one of the local parks or hiking trails. You can make it a family affair and get everyone moving! Bonus points for taking a healthy picnic. Find your local park or one of SC’s more than 3,000 trails at Let'sGo! SC.
- Schedule a (walking) meeting. If you’re at a job where you sit a lot, try to walk at lunch. Or, if you can, plan a walking meeting with your team. You’ll get work done and get some steps in at the same time. It could also spark some creativity! If you can’t walk and talk for a meeting, try to stand for your phone calls. It all counts!
- Park far and take the stairs. Park as far as you safely can from your destination and take the stairs instead of the elevator. Taking two stairs at a time gives you even more of a workout!
- Do a home workout. It’s easy to believe you need a gym to work out or to strength train. But everything you need is right at home! Use the wall to start doing push-ups. Do some squats. You can even do a chair workout. One more great resource for at-home exercising is the internet. YouTube has plenty of videos for all skill levels. There are even workouts you can find to do while watching TV!
Starting and keeping up with a fitness routine can seem like a lot, but try and take it one step at a time. Set short-term goals, lean on your loved ones
for support and believe in yourself! You can make healthy choices, and you’ll thank yourself for it later.