A Healthier U

6 ways to fit fitness into a busy schedule

We know life can be a little crazy sometimes, but fitting physical activity into your daily life can be easier than you think. Here are six tips to help make sure you get some activity every day.

  1. Work out in the morning.
    Set your alarm early. I know, I know it might not seem like the most fun thing to do, but even 20 minutes can give you a great workout and that way you won’t have an excuse once things get in the way the rest of the day.
  2. Exercise at work: Deskercise.
    There are always ways to incorporate a workout while at your desk at work. Click here for ideas.
  3. Get up from your desk every 30 minutes to an hour.
    Walk to the bathroom on a different floor in your building and take the stairs.
  4. Power up your stair climb.
    No matter when you have to take the stairs, pick up the pace a little or skip a step, that way you’re getting even more of a workout when you’re walking.
  5. Take the kids with you.
    Go for a walk around the block, see who can race across the backyard the fastest or jump the highest.
  6. Home for the day and just want to relax?
    Do push-ups or crunches in the living room when catching up on your favorite Netflix show.

Incorporating these small changes into daily life can help make a difference overall. Every little thing counts.

ELIMINATE SUGARY DRINKS TO LOOK AND FEEL BETTER

Sugary drinks can be a real detriment to your health. Not only might you gain a few extra pounds around the waistline, but your risk of getting heart disease and diabetes goes up as well. On today’s Health Minute, dietitian Julie Metos goes through the health benefits you can reap by swapping sugary drinks for water.

Listen to the full story here.

WHAT’S IN YOUR FRIDGE SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

What’s in your fridge says a lot about your health habits. Do you have plenty of veggies, fruits, milk and fish or lean meats stocked? Are your vegetables rotting? Is your fridge packed with high-sodium sauces or sticks of margarine? We played the “Rate Your Refrigerator” game with dietitian Julie Metos to see just how healthy our diet habits are. What healthy foods get positive points and what foods get unhealthy negative points — grab a sheet of paper, open your fridge, and start marking your own score while you listen.

Click here to listen to the full article.

For more expert health news and information, visit healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed.