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Physical Activity

Stand Often – Move More – Feel Better!

People of all ages, types, sizes, and abilities can benefit from moving and being active each day. Being active throughout your lifetime can help you live a longer, healthier, and happier life.

How much, what kind of physical activity?

There are two categories of activity and both are important:

  • Aerobic and strengthening - recommendations are identified through the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. You can meet these guidelines by taking 10-minute physical activity breaks throughout the day. Walking is one of the best things to do or join co-workers for Instant Recess breaks.

  • Lifestyle activities -  small bouts of activity that you weave in throughout the day - break periods from sitting by standing or moving. During every hour you sit at work or at home, stand or move for 3 to 5 minutes.

Smart Goals

When setting goals, it is always best to create SMART goals. Here are some forms to help you out!

SMART Goal Sheet
Develop an Action Plan

Mobile Apps Can Help You Stay Motivated!

Research has shown that when we track habits, such as physical activity and foods we eat, we are more likely to stay on target. We become more mindful of our behavior and it can be very motivating.

The key is to learn what works best for you. It could be as simple as making notes on a calendar or keeping a log. Mobile apps offer more sophisticated tracking ability, and they can also provide feedback.

There are currently about 40,000 mobile health apps for tablets and smartphones. Many areas of health are covered including diet, exercise, sleep, and blood pressure.

This information on "free downloads to upgrade your health" can help get you started.