Tips to become more active
Thursday, July 7, 2022
How often do you say, “I’m going to get more active,” but you put it off? Maybe it seems overwhelming, and you aren’t sure where to start? We get it. Here are some tips that may help you to kick off your goal of being more active… and healthier because of it.
Like any lifestyle change, adding activity to your daily routine is easier if you have a plan. Experts recommend doing moderate to vigorous activity to get and stay healthy. Work with your doctor to create a plan that is right for you. Start slowly. And set small goals.
Tip 1: Start with walking.
For most people, walking is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get moving. Keep track of the number of steps you take each day. You can use a phone app, a fitness tracker or a pedometer. Tracking can help you see the progress you're making toward your goals. That progress might inspire you to move more.
Tip 2: Work up to a comfortable level.
Even small amounts of activity add up. It's fine to be active several times throughout your day and week. If you're not active at all, work up to it. You may want to start by walking around the block every morning or walking for just 10 minutes. Over time, you can make your walks longer or walk more often throughout your day and week.
Tip 3: Do activities you like.
Find activities that fit your lifestyle and your personality.
Do you like to be active on your own or with others? Joining a group or a class helps some people stay motivated.
Do you like structured activities like classes or everyday activities like gardening?
Many people find that everyday activities are easier to fit into their life. Others are more likely to stay with an activity if it requires them to show up for a class or for a game.
Tip 4: Take stock of how much you want to spend.
How much money, if any, do you want to spend on gear or other expenses? There are activities to match every budget. You can walk around your neighborhood without spending any money. You may be able to join a community swimming, dancing or tai chi class for a small fee.
Genesis HealthCare System’s Health and Wellness content conveniently provides accurate and helpful information. Your health history and current health may impact suggestions provided through our Health and Wellness content. Although we hope this information is helpful, it is not a substitute for your doctor's medical advice. Before making any significant changes, please consult your doctor.