Tips for working aerobic exercise into your day

Aerobic exercise is incredibly important to our long-term health, especially when it comes to cardiovascular function.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends for most healthy adults that they get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (brisk walking, mowing) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (running, aerobic dancing).
It’s alright to spread out the activity over the week, or between moderate and vigorous exercise.
If you are not able to use aerobic exercise equipment such as treadmills or elliptical machines, or don’t have time to go for a jog or long walk, there are many simple ways you can at least work moderate aerobic activity into your day:
The American Diabetes Association offers the following suggestions:
* Instead of driving, walk to nearby destinations.
* Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way to your destination.
* Wash your car, rake leaves or do some work in the garden.
* Engage in vigorous play with your kids.
* Walk around at a brisk pace while you’re on the phone.
* Park your car at the far end of the store parking lot.
These all may seem like small steps, but little things can add up to great results over time. As the saying goes, “Move it lose it.”

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at