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11 Ways to Be Active without Hitting the Gym

WomanwithDog_400If you’re young and overweight, you have to make fitness a part of your everyday life. Here’s a list of things you can do to keep your body moving, from my book 1 Year, 100 Pounds: My Journey to a Better, Happier Life.

• Walk to and from school (if possible) instead of taking the bus.

• Speed walk between classes at school.

• Offer to be your teacher’s helper when he or she asks for an assistant to run errands, hand out papers, clean the chalkboard, and so on.

• Take your dog out for walks more often.

• Help out around the house: fold the laundry, mow the lawn, take the trash out, mop the floors . . .

• Always use stairs instead of elevators and escalators. Always!

• Ditch the remote and get up every time to turn the TV on or off.

• Play games with your siblings: hopscotch, kickball, jump rope, tag . . .

• Push the grocery cart during your trip to the grocery store (this works better if your cart is really full).

• Park as far away from your destination (store, mall, school) as you can.

• Don’t hang out with your friends sitting on the couch in your basement. Instead, walk around the neighborhood while you guys catch up on school gossip.

Your daily activities can help aid in your weight loss if you make a little extra effort. Get used to being active! Banish any excuse you might have for being lazy and turn it into an opportunity to burn some extra calories. There is always a more active solution to every one of your routine activities (except for maybe sleeping).


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