How to get fit without going to the gym

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Most health organizations say we should all be moving for at least 150 minutes per week. That number can seem daunting—finding 30 minutes to work out, five times a week, seems nearly impossible! But it turns out, you don’t have to belong to a gym or throw on special workout gear to clock in those minutes. Here’s how to do it, without taking much extra time out of your day.

Make the most of your lunch break.

While it’s certainly easier to use our lunch breaks to scroll through Facebook, this is a golden opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sunshine with a 20-minute walk. Then you’re already two-thirds of the way through your exercise needs for the day (150 minutes/7 days= 22 minutes per day). Plus, spending time outdoors is linked with improved mental well-being. Sounds like a win-win!

Lift weights while watching your favorite TV show.

Along with engaging in 150 minutes of exercise per week, the AHA recommends adding 20 minutes of strength training twice a week. Strength training not only builds muscle, but also keeps our bones strong, improves joint flexibility, and even helps us to better manage our weight. Grab a pair of dumbells the next time you turn on the TV, and sneak in a little muscle-building workout.

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