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Published on April 22, 2014

Fit More Fitness in Your Day

April 22, 2014

pedometerWhen it comes to physical activity, every step counts. Don’t tell yourself it’s impossible to schedule a daily workout or wait until the weekend to exercise. The more you move your body, the more calories you’ll burn throughout the day.

“Try incorporating quick exercises into your everyday activities,” says Cindy Tucker, director of Physical Therapy at KishHealth System. “Some examples include doing squats while you brush your teeth, standing on one foot while you wash the dishes to improve your neuromuscular control at the knee and ankle, walking around when you talk on your cell phone, or carrying the groceries from the car one bag at a time.”

If you’re stuck at your desk or behind the wheel, Tucker recommends using that time to by squeezing your shoulder blades together.

Find the Fun

Staying in shape doesn’t have to be a solo activity. In fact, you’re more likely to stay on track if you exercise with a friend or family member.

“Get out of the gym and go bowling, or plan an outdoor activity such as hiking, biking, or playing golf,” Tucker says. “For patients using our physical therapy services, the continuing conditioning program is a great option because the equipment is familiar, the staff is available to answer questions, and the facility is typically less crowded than a regular gym.”

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