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​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.

Exercise gives you more energy and reduces stress. Check out these tips, articles, and links to see how easy it is to add physical activity to your daily life.

Active Living Tips

Whenever you can, walk or bike instead of driving. ​

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.​

Set up walking meetings at work; it gives the team exercise while still getting the work done. ​

Take a break from watching TV or sitting at your computer by going for a walk.​

​Use local parks and other free recreational facilities to increase your daily physical activity.

Invite friends or family to exercise with you.​

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.​

Get a little bit of exercise every day, even if it’s only 30 minutes. ​

Take a walk on your lunch break.​

Find an exercise class or walking group.​

Active Living Articles

How to Exercise Safely After Dark

​Tips for making the most of your exercise time.

​Dallas Morning News

A Daily Walk Can Reduce the Power of Weight-Gaining Genes​

​Another way walking can help you stay healthy.


How to Start a Walking Group

​A guide to starting a walking group with friends, family, and neighbors.

​CNN Health

Classes Help Overweight People Improve Conditioning in Non-Intimidating Environment

​A fitness class in Austin where everyone is trying to lose 100 pounds.​

​Austin American-Statesman

​The Surprising Shortcut to Better Health

​How exercising for just 20 minutes a day can make a huge difference.

​The New York Times

How to Exercise in the Hot Weather​

​Tips for exercising safely when it’s hot outside.

​ Fitness Blog

​Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?

​Sitting for too long can be bad for you, even if you get enough exercise.

​​The New York Times Magazine

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