Ways to make fitness part of your life

Squeeze in activity throughout the day.


One of the most important parts of an exercise program is to start it. Physical activity like walking or running may help you lead a healthier and happier life. You don’t need big blocks of time to exercise. Squeeze in activity throughout the day. 


Start with 10 minutes at a time

You can break your activity up into 10-minute blocks of time to start. Aim to do exercises that target the major muscle groups at least two days a week. Also, be sure to check with your doctor before starting a program or increasing your activity level.

More tips for fitting fitness into your life:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. 
  • Start gardening. 
  • Work out with a friend. 
  • Take your dog for a daily walk. 
  • Put exercise on your calendar. 
  • Move while you watch TV, like marching in place. 
  • Sign up for a class, like yoga. 
  • Keep it fun. 


  • ChooseMyPlate.gov
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.