Mark is at risk for type 2 diabetes. His doctor asks him to get at least 150 minutes of activity each week, at a moderate pace or more. But Mark is a busy guy. On weekdays, Mark takes care of his grandkids while their parents are at work. On the weekend, he works at the library. In the evening, he likes to relax by watching TV. Mark is having trouble finding time to reach his fitness goal but he decides to make some changes. These days, he gets up 30 minutes earlier so he can take a morning walk. He lifts weights or marches in place while he watches TV. He also plays soccer with his grandkids. It’s great exercise for all of them. Plus, it’s fun. Mark is finally reaching his fitness goal – and is feeling good about it.
Think about what makes it challenging to fit in your 150 minutes a week. Perhaps you have a sedentary job, spend too much time commuting to and from your job, have a busy social life or simply have a lot to get done every day. You might be surprised at all the ways you can add some activity to your life right now without much sacrifice. Sometimes it’s just a matter of adjusting the way you think and approach your everyday life by asking yourself “how can I be more active in this moment right now?” or, like Mark, “what tweaks can I make to my schedule to fit in some more activity?”