The key to being able to maintain consistent exercise is to make it fun. In addition, you can keep from getting bored by trying a lot of different activities.
Click Here for a list of activity ideas. Circle the ones that interest you and refer to this list when you need some ideas.
This is an activity you do every day! It is easy and safe to do, and also improves your health.
For walking you do not require any special equipment, special skills or conditioning. Make sure you wear comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes and a pedometer. Now you are all set.
Pedometers or step counters are a popular way to keep track of your daily general activity. The goal is to take 10,000 steps a day. Your pedometer will count every step you take during the day. The pedometer will add new motivation to your exercise routine and will keep you focused on your goal. There are programs available to help you exercise safely and help meet your goal to improve your overall conditioning and or lose weight.
One example of a walking program using a pedometer is the 10,000 Step-A-Day Program. You can find more information about the program online. Your step count may vary on a day to day basis depending on your activities. One suggestion is to monitor your steps on a weekly basis for example 70,000 steps a week, rather than 10,000 steps a day. This can eliminate your feeling of failure. If you are trying to lose weight you might even increase the count per day to 12,000 steps a day. Some pedometers will also measure your distance traveled, calories burned, time spent walking, heart rate, etc.
Block #4 Activity
Review the activity ideas presented earlier and think about what activities you enjoy most. You can do these activities in your own way-for example, you don't have to go out dancing, just turn on some music in your bedroom and dance.
Make your list of activities. List some indoor activities and some outdoor activities. Also, list some quicker activities to do on those days when you are in a hurry and other activities to do on the days when you have a little more time.
Place this list in your Riley Hospital for Children Stay Active in Life (SAIL) at Indiana University Health binder.