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Forget about "exercise"—just focus on 30 minutes of movement a day. It all adds up!

Being active has some amazing health benefits. But even more amazing is that you don't need to be an athlete to enjoy those benefits. Although experts recommend at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, three 10-minute sessions work just as well as one 30-minute bout. And forget about "exercise"—just focus on 30 minutes of movement a day. It all adds up!

 
 
• Stroll with a friend
The minutes will pass quickly as you talk. Plus, you'll be less likely to skip your workout when you know someone is depending on you.

• Rearrange your room

Moving or pushing furniture can give your rooms a new, fresh look while giving you more minutes of movement.

• Clean your house
Dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing floors, and washing windows will boost your calorie burn.

• Walk with a dog
He'll prod you to get out the front door, even on the most dismal days.

• Try a grocery relay
Increase your activity by carrying grocery bags into the house one at a time.

• Dance at home
Put on tunes and dance—even while you're doing other activities.

• Move at the mall

Safety and climate control can make the mall a great walking location.

• Get fit gardening

As you dig, water, and pull weeds, you'll use muscles all over your body.

• Park it

Try parking your car farther away from your destination and walking.

• Track your steps

Pedometers can serve as priceless motivation boosters. Wear one to record your average number of daily steps. Then aim to increase your steps each day.



Track your activity with the Weekly Activity Tracker and
aim for 30 minutes of movement each day!


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