Staying Active

While many New Year’s resolutions include prioritizing exercise and fitness, making sweeping changes to your lifestyle may seem overwhelming. Kelsey Star, Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Good Samaritan Medical Center shares tips on how to get the minimum 150 minutes of exercise a week recommended by experts, even within the busiest of schedules.

 

Tip 1: Get out and walk!

Walking briskly is one of the easiest and best things you can do for aerobic exercise. Brisk walking can fit into your day in places you wouldn’t originally think.

 Not sure where to start?

• Start tracking your steps; aim for 10,000 steps per day

• Park farther away to get those extra steps

• Get up and walk for 5 minutes every hour at work

• Walk during your lunch break

 

Tip 2: Spice it up

Once you have gotten comfortable with an exercise program, then start to spice up your routine to avoid boredom.

Not sure where to start?

• Get an exercise buddy—accountability is motivation!

• Find something you enjoy! If running is not for you, try swimming, biking or hiking

• Look into group exercise classes—structure and social support are great motivators

• Play! Sports aren’t just for the young — join a softball or soccer team

 

For more health and wellness tips, visit www.sclhealth.org/blog

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