Back in action with everyday exercise activities

Feb 8, 2023


Exercise doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here’s how to incorporate physical activity into your day-to-day routine.

Being sedentary is a proven way to increase your risk for disease – in fact, the World Health Organization says it’s a leading cause of death and disability. But you don’t need to run a marathon or hike a mountain to be active. Instead, try these simple, achievable ways to incorporate healthy activity naturally into your everyday life.

Go for a walk (and bring a friend)

Walking, instead of driving or riding public transportation, is a convenient way to fit low-intensity activity into your day. If a shop is close by, opt to get there on foot. Plus, consider taking remote work calls on the go by joining by phone instead of sitting in front of your computer.

Want some face time with a friend? Recommend a walk through the park instead of a sit-down hangout. And if you have a dog, take your furry friend out for a longer-than-usual walk to give yourself extra exercise.

Try yoga

You don’t even have to leave your room for this one. Yoga has a number of physical benefits, as it improves your muscle strength, flexibility, circulatory health, and reduces stress and inflammation. Newcomers need not worry: There are classes tailored for people at every level of fitness and experience. Yoga is a great workout but it’s also low impact, and you can ease into it with classes designed specifically for beginners.

Find active hobbies

A great way to stay motivated to exercise is to make it a part of something you enjoy. Put fun at the forefront by adopting an active hobby that suits your interests. If you love nature, seek out hiking trails nearby. If you’re a nature lover who’s more of a homebody, plant a garden. If you love music, take dance classes. The key is to find ways to get active while doing what you love.

Need some more ideas? Check out this list of at-home exercises that go beyond walking around the block. And remember to talk to your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise routine. Find a doctor near you.