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How to Include Physical Activity in Your Daily Life

Here are 40 things you can do to add physical activity into your daily routine.

  1. Walk, rollerblade or bike to work.
  2. Do sit-ups in front of the TV.
  3. Join a fitness class.
  4. Walk instead of driving whenever you can.
  5. Take a family walk after dinner.
  6. Mow the lawn with push mower.
  7. Dust and vacuum your house.
  8. Walk your kids to school.
  9. Walk your dog.
  10. Play tag with your kids.
  11. Do yard work.
  12. Get off a bus stop early and walk.
  13. Shovel your sidewalk.
  14. Ride your bike.
  15. Have a street hockey tournament.
  16. Go for a half-hour walk instead of watching TV.
  17. Go tobogganing.
  18. Wash the car by hand.
  19. Walk along the sidelines at kids' sports games.
  20. Do a walking tour of your neighbourhood.
  21. Park further from the store and walk.
  22. Throw a Frisbee or ball at the park.
  23. Grab a racquet and play squash, tennis or badminton.
  24. Discover local trails on your bike, skis or by foot.
  25. Walk briskly in the mall.
  26. Try new physical activities.
  27. Play lawn darts, croquet or bocce ball.
  28. Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.
  29. Hula hoop to some old songs.
  30. Swim with your kids.
  31. Rake your leaves.
  32. Walk the beach instead of sunbathing.
  33. Walk to a co-worker's desk instead of emailing or calling them.
  34. Exercise with a video if the weather is bad.
  35. If you find it hard to be active after work, try before work.
  36. Take a walk or do desk exercises instead of taking a sit down break.
  37. Do home repairs.
  38. Prune, weed or dig in your garden.
  39. Dance to your favourite music.
  40. Play with your kids.