There are days when just the thought of leaving the house seems like a huge effort. Days when you don't feel like getting off the couch, never mind going to the gym. But guess what--if you got out of bed this morning, you jump-started your fitness routine just by walking down the hall to the bathroom.
Add a little pep to your stride for an activity that feels less like exercise and more like living a normal life--but with the added benefits that exercise provides.
Make walking part of your everyday routine
Mark Fenton, a health and fitness consultant and author who's written extensively about the benefits of walking, was a member of the U.S. national race walking team from 1986 to 1991. Now he works as a consultant to help communities implement safe routes for walking and bicycling.
"Make walking a part of your normal routine and you'll have a much easier time keeping it up," Fenton says. "Set aside time at a specific time of day to walk, or go about your daily tasks on foot. Walk your dog; pick up your mail on foot. If you can routinize it, you're more likely to keep doing it."