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How to Live an Active Lifestyle

Updated on July 4, 2017

Living an active lifestyle is difficult in today's world. But staying active is vital for reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Exercise is also important for improved memory and cognitive function. Here are some tips on how to live an active lifestyle.

1) Take it slow

If you have had mostly a sedentary lifestyle until now-- sitting for most of the day-- then you do not want to rush into an intense workout routine. A big change will exhaust you and discourage you from following through. Instead, take it slow. Go on walks for 5 or 10 minutes, or do part of a dance workout video. Start slow and build up your stamina for a heavier workout.

2) Get in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day

You do not have to do all 30 minutes at once if that is exhausting. Instead, do three 10 minute workout sessions. You will receive the same benefits, but it is easier to find three 10 minute blocks in the day instead of one 30 minute block. You could do a 10 minute morning jog or walk before, a 10 minute walk during lunch, and 10 minutes of yoga before bed. When you do not try to do it all at once, it is easy to find time to exercise.

3) Mix it Up

You do not have to do the same activities everyday. You can keep things interesting by mixing it up. Perhaps one day you do push ups and the next you do power yoga with weights. One day you go for a run in your local part and the next you go hiking at some nearby walking trails. If you mix up the activities you will work different muscles but also feel better and be more interested in working out.

It is never too late to start living a more active lifestyle. If you start today, you will not regret it.


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    • Kara Skinner profile imageAUTHOR

      Kara Skinner 

      9 months ago from Maine

      Hi Dina, fitness can definitely be scary sometimes. I struggle to get in enough exercise as well. I hope you found the article helpful. I might write some more on this subject and about my own experiences. Thank you for the kind words and encouragement!

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      Dina Abdel Hady 

      10 months ago from California

      It's hard to navigate the wellness shift in a life when said life involved disordered eating and exercising. I gained a lot of weight over the past years because of a myriad of reasons. But, I like that you broke it down in a simple way because I, along with a lot of people, complicate fitness out of fear of failure. I hope you write more about this, maybe share your own experiences? I'd love to get some more ideas on how to incorporate movement into my daily life.

    • Kara Skinner profile imageAUTHOR

      Kara Skinner 

      18 months ago from Maine

      Louise, that's really good. It's often difficult of me to get my 30 minutes in because being a freelance writer, it's easy for me to stay sitting at my laptop all day. I walk my dogs twice a day and do yoga everyday which helps. On days I have school it's easier because I have to walk to and from the bus stop and then around campus.

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      Louise Powles 

      18 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Yes, it's good to get 30 minutes exercise a day. I do a lot of walking, and I have a job which is quite physical, so get plenty of exercise each day.


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