3 Tips for Staying Active this Fall
Engaging in physical activity is one of the best ways we can take care of ourselves. A wide body of research continues to show the positive effect that regular physical activity has on our mood, sleep, physical health, cognitive function, and more. Below are three tips to stay active this fall.
1. Find something for YOU.
With a little creativity, we can find lots of opportunities to get active. We’re more likely to stick with something we love, so keep trying different activities until you find what you enjoy.
- At work: Take a stroll on one of the Healthy IU indoor or outdoor walking paths, climb stairs, take the long way to the water fountain or restroom, hold a walking meeting, or do some “Feel-Good Workstation Movements.”
- Beyond: Try one of these activity ideas, get out and play with the kids or grandkids, get involved with a physical activity opportunity on your campus, or take care of your chores at a brisk pace.
Use this online activity planner for more ideas.
2. A little bit goes a long way.
Any amount of physical activity has some health benefits. Short bouts of physical activity throughout the day—like a two-minute stair climb, or a five-minute walk—really add up. Over the course of a week, adults need at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking or fast dancing. It’s also recommended that adults do muscle-strengthening activities two days a week. Check out some helpful Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to learn more.
3. Bring a friend.
Having a physical activity buddy or group helps us stay accountable, have fun, and try new things. It could be a coworker, a relative, or a friend. It’s amazing how far we can go when we go together.