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Living an Active Lifestyle

Living an Active Lifestyle

The Power of Movement

You can make big improvements to your health and energy levels by making small and deliberate healthy lifestyle choices that involve moving more every day. Many people feel daunted by the thought of changing their lives and starting a new routine to be more active, but there are only a few key tips to remember to be successful:

Emphasize fun.

What is something you love? Make the things you love part of your activity plan.

Attach activity to regular habits.

Whether it’s going to work, cooking dinner, getting the mail, or brushing your teeth, any habit can be an opportunity to move. Try doing a one-minute wall-sit every time you brush your teeth; or practice dance steps while cooking dinner; or lift your bag over your head every time you go into your house.

Involve others.

Swap sitting at the coffeeshop for walks, and go around the block while catching up with a friend.

Add Audio.

Having pleasant audio input can make exercise more fun and rewarding.

Be inventive.

Rather than thinking of movement as calisthenics or a workout, challenge yourself to be inventive with your active living. Do an extra lap around the supermarket. Stand while watching a television show, instead of sitting.

Be forgiving.

If you have a sedentary day, let it go. Don’t overwork the next day or punish yourself—just try to be active every day! Encourage yourself the way you would encourage your best friend. It is about progress, not perfection.

Track your progress.

Consider using a pedometer app on your phone or purchasing a simple pedometer and have fun with it. Striving for 10,000 steps a day is recommended. However, some is better than none. See how it goes.

(The Institute for Functional Medicine)


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