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Get Fit Bit by Bit

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Finding time for fitness is hard to do in this busy life that we lead. If we can wedge a work out bit by bit, it is possible. Dr. Levine, a physician at the Mayo Clinic, says we don’t need to log more time at the gym. Instead we need to change our sedentary ways by easy bursts of activity, from dawn to dark. He suggests that we crank up the body’s calorie burning abilities by a near constant moving by standing, walking, even pacing at every possible opportunity. Becoming a body in motion that stays in motion can help you burn 500 or more calories a day and combine that with smart food choices.

Now that spring is here, make use of the weather. Here is a list of a few things you can do to add to your activities:

Don’t park your car in the closest spot instead further away so you can walk.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Stop the impulse to email. Instead get off your chair and walk to deliver your message.

Walk 15 minutes at lunch.

Walk 15 minutes after you are through work.

Boom! You have walked 45 minutes.

Use a headset while talking on the phone and pace while talking.

Stand at your desk as it is much healthier than sitting.

When watching TV get up and walk during the commercials.

These are just a few things to help you burn calories and shrink the waist line.

“Every moment you get is a gift. Spend it on things that matter.” –author unknown

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