Being physically active above your usual activities, no matter what your level of activity, can have many health benefits, including lowering your cancer risk.
The American Cancer Society recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week.
While setting aside time for exercise is important, you also can find ways to be active in your everyday life that take little or no extra time.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
If you drive, park farther away from your destination.
If you take public transportation, get off one stop early and walk the rest of the way.
Whenever possible, walk or bike to work, to run errands, or to visit friends. Or try to cluster your errands in one area so you can park your car once and then walk to each destination.
Take a short walk during your lunch break, after dinner, or in place of a coffee break.
Instead of sitting down to watch TV, try doing a few simple exercises or stretches while you watch. Or make a new rule: no sitting down during commercials.
Stand up or walk around while talking on the phone. Better yet, catch up with a friend or brainstorm with a coworker while taking a walk together.
Don’t let housework, gardening, or lawn maintenance build up – they’re all opportunities to get moving. Cleaning out the garage or attic is another way to be productive and active at the same time.
Find ways to get more exercise from your current hobbies and activities.