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You Don't Have to Call It Exercise

Get active, get in shape by changing your daily habits

Warm weather is a great time to think about how to get into better shape. Even if you don't usually exercise, the summer season is the perfect time to get outside and be active. Any activity that gets you moving helps you get close to your 'beach body' it can reduce your risk for health problems.

Kickstart an Active Lifestyle

No matter your schedule, there are simple changes you can make to be more active. People who exercise regularly tend to have more energy, sleep better, and feel better overall. Find what works for you whether it's taking the stairs, or standing at your desk rather than sitting. Be active in your own way.

Physical Activity: Why Fitness Matters

Being active offers many health benefits. It can help you lose weight, reduce stress levels, and lower your risk of health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, and depression. The best way to be and stay active is to find the right activity for you. Whether it's swimming, riding a bike, or playing a sport; the more you enjoy, the more you'll want to do it.

Physical Activity: Fitting It into Your Life

You don't have to fit your life around exercise. Instead, you can fit activity into your daily life. It's recommended that you exercise for two hours each week. The best way to achieve this is with short activity breaks during the day. Taking the time for an activity you enjoy can add up to improve your health.

A Sample Walking Program

A great way to start improving your fitness is walking. Following a walking program can help you reach your goal by gradually increasing the frequency, speed, and time you walk. And while a relaxing stroll sounds appealing, if you can sing while exercising, speed up. If you can't talk easily, slow down.

Write it Down

Tracking or keeping a diary of your daily activities will help you stick to your fitness plan, improve time management, and keep you motivated. Veterans registered with My HealtheVet can access the Activity Journal feature, allowing them to record physical activities, and track progress.

Please vote in our unscientific poll. All responses are anonymous.

How long do you exercise each week?

% Votes
67% 43
a. At least 150 minutes
14% 9
b. Over an hour
11% 7
c. Less than an hour
8% 5
d. I don't exercise but I plan on starting

Total Votes: 64

Read More

How Hard Should I Exercise? 

Physical Activity: The Rewards of Fitness (Veterans Health Library)

Walking for Fitness (Veterans Health Library)

Physical Activity: Getting the Most from Your Minutes (Veterans Health Library)

Updated May 20, 2019