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Fun Ways To Stay Active (No Gym Required)

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Fun Ways To Stay Active (No Gym Required)
When life gets hectic, our health is one of the first areas to suffer. Maybe you tell yourself "there's just no time," and before you know it, you've gained weight, become stressed out, and feel like you've lost all control over your health.

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Creative ways to keep moving throughout the day

  • Take regular breaks: Desk jobs can be detrimental to your health.
  • Bike or walk to work: You’ll jumpstart your metabolism and have more energy.
  • Do short bursts of activity: You don’t have to workout for 30 minutes in one shot to reap the benefits of exercise.
  • Clean house: cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, or walking the dog.
  • Instead of taking the elevator or escalator, hit the stairs.
  • Park farther away, Instead of looking for the closest parking spot.
  • Dance.You'll work put and you'll also have fun.
  • Exercise your mind. Excess stress can lead to weight gain and other serious health conditions

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