Skip to main content
Site search

Seven easy ways to be more active


Many people desire to be active but don't know where to start. They know exercise is important for their health, but joining a gym or finding exercise they enjoy can seem daunting. No matter your current workout routine, it is important to find ways to continue moving throughout your day.

7 steps for incorporating more movement in your life.

  1. Make time for frequent standing and walking breaks throughout your day. If it helps, set a timer on your watch or phone to remind you to get up and move.
  2. Take the stairs as frequently as possible.
  3. When walking, increase your pace to get your heartrate up and promote heart health.
  4. When you are at home and have the time, cleaning is a great way to stay active. A clean, clutter-free home also can relieve stress.
  5. Incorporate exercise into commercial breaks when you're watching TV. Try planks, squats and triceps dips.
  6. Plan active date nights with your significant other. Walk around the park, go on a hike, play tennis or find some other active activity that you both enjoy.
  7. Do simple exercises while you're waiting. For example, if you're boiling water at home, do bodyweight squats instead of sitting down until the water is ready.
Related articles
Swing into shape

This safe and effective exercise program teaches gentle movement to improve range of motion, flexibility, muscle strength and endurance.
bodyweight exercises to try at home
Bodyweight exercises to try at home

By Hannah M. Cornell, PTA, Physical Therapy Gundersen Boscobel Hospital and Clinics Don't have access to a gym or equipment? No worries, bodyweight exercises can be just as effective by
Which exercises burn the most calories
What exercise burns the most calories?

By Hannah M. Cornell, PTA, Physical Therapy Gundersen Boscobel Hospital and Clinics Burning calories doesn't mean you have to do some form of cardio for hours at a time, or
Exercise and your immune system
Exercise and your immune system

By Laura Birkel, RD, CD, Gundersen Nutrition Therapy Find Healthy Recipes There's no shortage of products marketed to boost your immune system - from over-the-counter supplements to guzzling orange juice

1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

Language Support:
Jump back to top