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 a walk on your lunch break.
On hot days walk inside an air-conditioned shopping mall or go swimming at a community pool.
Find an exercise class or walking group.
Use local parks and other free recreational facilities to increase your daily physical activity.
When driving somewhere, park far away and walk.
Get a little bit of exercise every day, even if it’s only 30 minutes.
Take a break from watching TV or sitting at your computer by going for a walk.
Whenever you can, walk or bike instead of driving.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Invite friends or family to exercise with you.
Set up walking meetings at work; it gives the team exercise while still getting the work done.
Sitting for too long can be bad for you, even if you get enough exercise.
The New York Times Magazine
A guide to starting a walking group with friends, family, and neighbors.
Tips for making the most of your exercise time.
Dallas Morning News
A fitness class in Austin where everyone is trying to lose 100 pounds.
Another way walking can help you stay healthy.
Tips for exercising safely when it’s hot outside.
EverydayHealth.com Fitness Blog
How exercising for just 20 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
The New York Times
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