Sneak more movement
1. When watching TV, stand up and move about during commercials – march in place or tidy up the room. 2. Combine your exercise time with screen time. Set up a treadmill or exercise bike near the TV and run or spin as you catch up on your TV viewing. 3. Iron or fold laundry while watching TV. 4. Keep a pair of light dumbbells next to your chair and lift them as you watch TV. 5. Set a reminder to get up and move around the room at least once an hour. 6. Stand up or stroll while talking on the phone. 7. When reading a book, get up and move around each time you finish a chapter. 8. Forgo the dishwasher. Stand at the sink to wash and dry dishes by hand. 9. Attack housework vigorously – stretch and lift as you scrub, mop, or vacuum. 10. Walk your dog an extra block. 11. Take your young grandchildren to the playground, where you can engage in activities like pushing them on a swing. 12. Stand as you read your daily newspaper – or magazine.