Regular physical activity can reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. You don’t need to buy expensive equipment or rearrange your whole schedule to be more active. Start by taking small steps—they all add up.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Take a break from watching TV or sitting at your computer by going for a walk.
Get a little bit of exercise every day, even if it’s only 30 minutes.
Set up walking meetings at work; it gives the team exercise while still getting the work done.
Take a walk on your lunch break.
Whenever you can, walk or bike instead of driving.
When driving somewhere, park far away and walk.
On hot days walk inside an air-conditioned shopping mall or go swimming at a community pool.
Use local parks and other free recreational facilities to increase your daily physical activity.
Invite friends or family to exercise with you.
Find an exercise class or walking group.
Sitting for too long can be bad for you, even if you get enough exercise.
The New York Times Magazine
Tips for exercising safely when it’s hot outside.
EverydayHealth.com Fitness Blog
Another way walking can help you stay healthy.
A guide to starting a walking group with friends, family, and neighbors.
How exercising for just 20 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
The New York Times
A fitness class in Austin where everyone is trying to lose 100 pounds.
Tips for making the most of your exercise time.
Dallas Morning News
External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may not be accessible to people with disabilities.