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Get active, get in shape by changing your daily habits
Winter can make it hard to get into better shape. Cold weather doesn't have to stop you from being active. Any activity that gets you moving, gets your energy up, and helps you sleep better, reduces 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.
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.
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 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.
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 theActivity Journal feature, allowing them to record physical activities, and track progress.
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