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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— Looking for a fresh start in 2023? For those making resolutions to be more active, make better food choices or just be healthier overall in the new year, Live Well Alabama has a few tips to help start on the right foot.
Being more physically active each day doesn’t have to include an expensive gym membership. Small and simple changes can increase daily physical activity without disrupting too much of a daily routine. Such changes could be parking farther away from work or taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Other daily exercises could include the following:
- Take a walk with a partner, friend, coworker or pet
- Clean the house
- Wash your car
- Mow the lawn with a push mower
- Plant a vegetable or flower garden
- Play tag, Simon Says or hopscotch with the children
- Turn on some fun music and dance
Benefits of Moving More
Daily exercise can improve blood pressure and cholesterol, improve mood, increase energy levels, improve self-image and reduce stress.
“Everyone can benefit from exercise regardless of age or ability,” said Erin Reznicek, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System community health specialist. “Movement is a great start to being happier and healthier. The immediate benefits–like boosting energy and mood–should be reason enough to get moving.”
Better Than Nothing
Any physical activity is better than nothing, and the best exercises are the ones that an individual is motivated to perform.
Overall health and fitness can be improved with regular physical activity. One goal for a fresh start is to be physically active for at least 30 minutes most days during the week. Small amounts of physical activity can add up.
“It is important to make the time for yourself and keep it flexible,” Reznicek said. “Find a convenient time and place to do activities, then make it a habit. Add your family, coworkers and friends into the mix. Having accountability with a friend is a great way to keep going.”