Integrating Fitness into Daily Life

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  • 0:00 Importance of Fitness
  • 1:15 Schedule It
  • 1:38 Move More
  • 2:09 Add a Partner & Variety
  • 3:08 Use Technology
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Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Physical fitness offers many benefits. This lesson will discuss some ways for integrating fitness into your daily life, including the use of technology to keep you on track.

Importance of Fitness

When is the last time you worked up a sweat? The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are benchmarks for the amount of physical activity necessary to maintain health. They suggest a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity for adults and a full hour for children. These recommendations are based on the health benefits associated with physical activity, such as decreased risk for obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. These benefits increase your health, wellness, and lifespan while decreasing health care costs.

However, many people don't realize that physical activity offers other benefits as well. For example, people who engage in regular physical activity have more regular sleep patterns and are less likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than those who do not exercise. They're also more likely to maintain satisfying social and professional relationships.

Unfortunately, many people feel overwhelmed and overworked. Schedules are jam-packed, meals are eaten on the run, and it can be very tough to find time for physical activity. However, now that we know the benefits of physical activity, we want to make time for it, don't we? Let's look at some simple ways to integrate fitness into our daily lives.

Schedule It

Just as you would schedule an appointment to visit the doctor or dentist to support good health, you should schedule time for fitness. Many gyms have created apps that allow clients to schedule time for exercise. Make an appointment at a gym or fitness class, or even with yourself and don't break it. You deserve the benefits of fitness and penciling a session into your schedule makes you more likely to stick to it.

Move More

When given the choice, do you take the stairs or an elevator? Something as simple as choosing the stairs over an elevator or escalator is a powerful step toward increasing fitness because you move more. Moving more can include basic things like parking further away from the store and doing jumping jacks or push ups during television commercial breaks. This approach can also include more ambitious activities, like walking or biking to work instead of driving. These steps can add up to big gains in fitness without adding an extra time commitment to your day.

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