Fitting Exercise Into Your Daily Routine

Choosing Activities
Make physical activity a regular part of the day by choosing activities that you enjoy and can do regularly. Fitting activity into a daily routine can be easy, such as taking a brisk 10-minute walk to and from the parking lot, bus stop or subway station. You can also join an exercise class. Keep it interesting by trying something different on alternate days.

Be Active Often
What’s important is to be active most days of the week and make exercise part of your daily routine. For example, to reach a 30-minute goal for the day, walk the dog for 10 minutes before and after work. You can add a 10-minute walk at lunchtime to complete your daily goal. You can also try swimming three times a week and taking a yoga class on the other days.


Additional Tips
  • Make sure to do at least 10 minutes of the activity at a time; shorter bursts of activity will not have the same health benefits.
  • To be ready at any time, keep some comfortable clothes and a pair of walking or running shoes in the car and at the office.

For more tips on fitting physical activity into your schedule, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.