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Burn calories and elevate your heart rate in a number of creative ways. Here are some ideas to help get you moving out of your chair and towards a healthier heart!
Depending on how much you have to mow as well as if you have a push mower versus a rider mower, you can burn up to 400 calories in one hour!
Get rid of things that you don’t use or don’t need. Set it aside, and donate it to charity.
The more you walk the dog, the more exercise the both of you get!
Check out a new exhibit. Learn something new while burning some calories.
New to the area? Interested in meeting new people? Join an adult sports league. It’s a great way to stay in shape and make new friends.
Volunteer to give back to a local charity, whether it’s bagging food at the food bank or gleaning crops at a local farm.
Consider investing in a standing desk. Failing that, set a timer and make sure you get up and move around at least once each hour for a few minutes.
Plan a night out with friends. Instead of heading out for drinks at happy hour, head for the dance floor.
Watching TV? Instead of checking your cell phone during the commercial breaks, use that time to drop down and knock out a few push ups, sit-ups or squats.
What’s more fun than dining with friends? Organize a healthy potluck dinner where everyone picks something healthy to bring.
You probably won’t have to wait as long to find a parking space, and it comes with the added benefit of getting some extra steps in!
Wherever you have an opportunity to take the stairs, do it. It’s much better for your cardiovascular health versus taking the elevator or escalator.
Not only will the interior of your home/office get a little face lift, you’ll also get a little workout when you have to hang those frames.
Grab a friend or loved one, and sign up for a local race. Run or walk for a charity cause or to raise awareness/funds for something.
Even if it’s an indoor garden, gardening is a great way to get in touch with nature while doing something good for your health.
Take time to chop veggies by hand. Instead of using a mixer for that cake, stir by hand, etc.
Sit on a stability ball (balance ball) while at work instead of using a chair. The balance ball engages your abs and will force you to work harder to balance yourself.
Have kids? Schedule some play time at the park, and join in the fun as you swing from the swings, show them how to use the monkey bars, etc.
Find local hiking trails, and go explore them. Bring a friend and a camera to make some memories.
From duck-duck-goose to flag football, to hide-and-seek and tag – you’ll find that a lot of childhood games are fun and very active!
Walk the mall. Whether you’re window shopping or actually buying something, all of those steps count!
It will help you cut down on the excuses not to work out no matter where you are.
Learn more about how to improve your heart health throughout the month. Check out our Young At Heart page on our website for ideas and tips for living life ‘young at heart’.
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