5 Easy Ways to Get Up and Start Moving

If you are new to fitness or just beginning this journey, you may be wondering where to start. With so many different options it can be extremely overwhelming.

But did you know that even as little as 10 minutes of activity can have positive health benefits for you?  Here are a few simple suggestions I’ve come up with to help you get started, even if you have very limited time for exercise:

1. If you have little ones, go outside and play with them. Chase them around the yard, play tag, or kick a soccer ball around. Just move with them. This will increase your heart rate some, they will appreciate that you are playing with them, and you might even find yourself having a little fun too!

2. Go for a 15-30 minute walk. Take your dog with you, take your kids with you (you could even let them ride their bikes), or meet up with a friend and use that time to catch up a little bit. If you can’t fit in a full 30 minutes at a time you can break that up into two to three 10 minute sessions if that works into your life better. Even just walking for 10 minutes will make a difference in your activity level and heart rate. You will still benefit from those short walks. Walking is great for your body and is a low impact exercise.

3. If you take your kids swimming, join them. Swimming is a great cardio workout. It is also very low impact so it is easy on your joints. You can walk or jog in the shallow end, play with the kids, or even swim a few laps.  Don’t assume that you need to swim lap after lap after lap to gain the benefits from being in the pool.  Even simple movements in the water will benefit you.

4. Work outside in the yard or garden. Doing some serious yard work can become a great form of exercise. If you are moving, active, and getting your heart rate up you are really working out.

5. If you have a staircase in your house, run (or walk) up and down them a few extra times each day.  You’ll be amazed at how good it feels to add those extra simple steps, which will strengthen your muscles and increase your heart rate too.

My point is that when you are getting started on your fitness journey, it doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. Small changes in your activity level can have huge health benefits down the road. It also doesn’t have to be boring. Have fun with it! Involve your family. Change it up on a regular basis, and enjoy your time of being active and working to become fit!

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