Making changes in your lifestyle can be scary. You may be thinking how tough it will be. But once you believe you can successfully make changes, you will! Try this activity: Think of the non-active time you spend on TV, video, computer games, and surfing the Internet. Can you start reducing this time by 30 minutes each day?
Try to reach this goal on most days this week. Write down how you’ll reward yourself for success. You also may want to keep a journal this week and record how you feel, including what helped and what got in the way. You may soon be ready to increase the time you spend being active, too.
It’s easy. You don’t have to join a gym or buy expensive equipment. Just adding more steps to your day will get you moving. Can you imagine taking 2000 more steps? It may sound like a lot, but it’s really only 15-20 minutes more a day. You don’t even have to add it all at once; try 10 minutes of extra steps at a time. You’ll soon be a Texan On the Move! And once you start keeping track on your step counter, you may become more active right away.
Here are some ideas to add activity to your day:
- If it’s safe to walk in your neighborhood, take a walk with a friend, family member, or dog
- If you can’t walk outside, call the local recreation center and see what activities are available
- Put on your favorite music and dance
- If you take the bus to work, get off a few blocks before your stop and walk the rest of the way
- Use the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator
- Rake the leaves or clean the yard with the kids
- Walk to a local place for dinner tonight
- Park at the rear of any parking lot to pick up a few extra steps
- Walk the kids to school.
Source: Texas on the Move