Healthy Living: 8 Steps to Take Today
Healthy living starts right now. Experts tell you how.
Healthy Living Step No. 3 Move more.
Here are Williams' top tips for increasing physical activity:
- Make it fun. Go on a hike, walk with friends, take a bellydancing or
karate class, or whatever you enjoy. "There's no need to stick to cardio equipment in the gym if
you're dreading it and you don't like it," Williams says. "Find
something that's fun."
- Keep track of it. Make a note of your physical activity in your date
book or calendar. "Put big Xs on the days that you exercise," Williams
says. "Keep a visual record that you look at frequently" as a reminder
- Set a weekly goal for activity. To build your confidence, "make
the first goal so easy that you say, 'I know I can do that,'" Williams
suggests. She recommends weekly goals because if you set a daily goal and miss
a day, you might get discouraged; weekly goals give you more day-to-day
flexibility. And at the end of the week, reward yourself with a visual reminder
of your accomplishment, such as buying flowers for yourself.
- Work activity into your day. "Ten percent of something is better
than 100% of nothing. So even if you have 10 minutes, it's better than zero
minutes," Williams says. She suggests taking a 10-minute walk before lunch
or walking up and down the stairs
when you're feeling drained and tired.
Other ideas include wearing a pedometer to track how many steps you take per
day (health experts recommend shooting for 10,000 steps per day) and working
with a personal trainer (double up with a friend to lower the cost) to create
an exercise routine.
If you're curious about how many calories you're burning, try using WebMD's
Fit-o-Meter, a fitness and exercise calorie
calculator. But of course, physical activity is for everyone, whether you're
trying to lose weight or not.