When finding time to be active feels challenging, it’s important to remember that any movement is better than no movement. Researchers have found that being active more frequently, even for ten to fifteen minutes at a time, can actually be better for your body and your overall health more than getting your daily activity all at once!
Remote controls, drive-through windows and escalators make it easy to move less, but moving your body is important not just for healthy weight, but also for the health of your organs, circulatory system, and limbs.
Mayor Menino’s Million Pound Challenge is helping to make it easier to track your family’s activity throughout the day and to learn about new ways to get moving together in Boston. Being active in short bursts of movement has several benefits: It helps keeps blood flowing throughout your body, can make you more alert during the day, and helps your body use energy efficiently.
Try these simple and low-cost activities in your living room or backyard. Start with ten minutes each day, and add more ten-minute sessions as you become more comfortable and stronger.
- Jump rope
- Climb stairs
- “Mountain climbers” (Get into a push-up position and then step your knee into your chest; return the leg to the original position and repeat with the other leg.)
- Jumping Jacks
- Squats (Start with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointed forward and back straight, then sink down towards your feet and lift up slowly.)
So what are you waiting for? Create a free account on the Boston Moves for Health website and track your progress over time. Let us know how your family is moving more in the comments section below!