What Counts as Exercise?

You don’t need to join a gym, wear special exercise clothes, or get sweaty to say that you are exercising. The truth is that you just need to move your body. Studies show that sitting for long periods of time can increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease, so it’s important to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day.

How to add exercise into your daily routine

If it’s not possible to complete 30 minutes of continuous exercise, then move for short periods of time throughout your day. Try these easy tips below:

  • Walk to work
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walk your dog around the block a few times every day
  • Park your car farther away from the store entrance
  • Get off the train or bus a few stops early and walk the rest of the way home
  • Walk in place or stretch during TV commercial breaks
  • Use your lunch break to walk the parking lot with co-workers

Every little bit of movement counts! Over time, you will be able to exercise longer and reach your goal of 30 minutes per day. For more ideas, check out these 5 low-impact exercises.

CareZone Tip: Get moving and schedule physical activity into your day! Set up daily reminders in your Calendar so that you remember to exercise. Learn more about the Calendar feature in the CareZone app. >>


Posted April 10, 2017 by Therese Pope