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Wellness news: Diet and exercise tips for busy people

Jul 25, 2016

Many of us have little or no time for a traditional workout. Given the demands of family, work and school, the thought of spending time at the gym or outside jogging can seem like a fantasy. But even the busiest people can find ways to stay fit by changing their daily routine.

Fitness experts recommend a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes of exercise three times a week. Even the minimum recommended amount of exercise can drastically improve your health, give you more energy and reduce stress. Use the following tips to incorporate exercise into your day, whether you are at home or at work.

At Home 

  • Prepare your own meals instead of ordering take-out.  Not only will you burn calories cooking, you can also make sure you use healthy ingredients and limit portion sizes.
  • Try stretching or doing aerobics while watching TV
  • Clean the old-fashioned way. Vigorous mopping, scrubbing and dusting can burn calories and develop muscles the same way as "real" exercise.

On the Commute 

  • If you live close enough, walk to work. Even if it is only a mile way, a brisk walk each way can count as your daily exercise. 
  • If you must drive, park a few blocks away, or at least at the far end of the lot, to force yourself to walk more.

At Work 

  • Take the stairs to your floor. If you work on a higher floor, walk part of the way, and then take the elevator. 
  • Bring your lunch.  This allows you to pack healthy ingredients and control portions, as well as save money.
  • Drink water. You can remove hundreds of empty calories from your diet per day if you avoid soda.

For more tips to incorporate exercise into your day, whether you are at home or at work go to www.guidanceresources.com  (First time users must enter EAPBusiness as your company Web ID and enter UNIVE as your employer name).

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