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Finding Time to Exercise

 By Christian Nordqvist

Many people who do not exercise say they do not have the time. However, it is possible to increase the amount of time you are physically active, even if you are extremely busy.

See how many trips you take by car and decide which ones could be replaced by walking or cycling. This does not have to be a black or white measure. It could include parking your car half a mile from your destination and walking the rest of the way. Traffic experts throughout most of the world say that the majority of car trips are very short.

If you are using public transport, try getting off at an earlier bus stop and walking the rest of the way. When you are in a building and want to go upstairs, try walking it, rather than taking the elevator or escalators.

A study found that interactive video games – such those played on the Nintendo Wii – may raise heart rate and rovide exercise intensity levels high enough to meet federal physical activity guidelines.

If you do not have time to exercise but have time to watch TV, think about how much of that TV time could be replaced by some physical activity. Even short 30-second bursts of exercise may improve metabolism. There are several gentle exercises you can do while watching TV.


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