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How do You Add Physical Movement to Your Routine?

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

Some people make the excuse that they cannot afford to add fitness to their lives. It is too expensive to join a gym. They cannot afford a personal trainer. Purchasing home exercise equipment costs too much. However, there are many ways to add movement to your daily routine without investing great sums of money to the endeavor. Let’s start with the time you are home. If you hire someone to do your housework or your yard work, stop*. If you do this work yourself, you will save money while getting a workout at the same time. Put the riding lawn mower in the back of the garage. Pull out the push mower and go for a long walk as your mow the grass. Pull out the broom and mop, and go to town on the floors. All of this counts towards upping your physical activity.

Take your family for walks. This includes the family dogs as well. Everyone in the household needs exercise. It is a good time to catch up on the day and to enjoy some time together. Even a fifteen-minute walk will do wonders for your health and your family relationships. If you are taking a phone call, start pacing. Most people either have wireless headsets or do most of their calling on a cell phone. Take advantage of the freedom and walk about. If you need to go to the store, pull out the bicycle or hoof it when possible.

Being stuck in a cubicle is not an excuse for failing to move throughout the day. Instead of calling or texting the guy down the hall, get up and have a face-to-face meeting in his office or cubicle. You get exercise and improve* your professional relationship in the process. If you and a colleague need to think out a problem, go for a walk. It will get oxygen in the brain and help with the process. Take the stairs. If you work on the bottom floor, make a routine of walking the stairs if you need to see someone upstairs. When on break, take a walk instead of grabbing a candy bar.

Bring physical activity to any other area of your life. When you travel, find hotels that offer fitness centers or a safe area to walk. Use the expanse of airports for a brisk walk between flights. If you commute by bus or train, consider getting off early to walk a bit. Instead of taking the kids to the mall, go to the pool and swim. Drag your spouse to the dance studio for lessons.