Easy, Effective Fitness Moves

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Try Running:

If you want to strengthen your immune system, try running. But there’s even more physical benefits to this exercise, notes Meagan Searfoss, the wife and mother of three who wrote See Mom Run Every Mother’s Guide to Getting Fit and Running Her First 5K. Running reduces the risk of breast cancer, strengthens the bones and joints, tones the body, regulates intestinal functions and (for women) puts PMS in check.

Just Get Active:

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If you want to figure out how to cut back on the amount of time you’re sitting each day, create a plan to get up and move at least once an hour, suggests nursewise.com, a health education company. Increase “up time” in small increments, adding more time as you progress and at times that you can. Here are a few tips: Add an alert to your phone, set a clock alarm or an electronic fitness device to buzz once an hour to remind you!

Take More Steps Each Day:

Ideally, you should take a minimum of 10,000 steps each day. That might sound like a lot, but break it up into smaller, more manageable steps, suggests nursewise.com, a health education company. Instead of sending a quick email or instant message, walk over to your co-worker’s desk. Bonus points if you take stairs to get there! Use your lunch or other breaks as a chance to take a walk. An electronic fitness tracker, such as a pedometer or a wristband, can help to track your daily steps and easily hold yourself accountable.

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