Health Opportunities

Sometimes our health improvement opportunities are right in front of us. With a little nudge, we can all get on track with being better than we were yesterday. Here are a few tips from the experts at the American Cancer Society.  

Make TV time active time: Stand up and fold laundry while you watch. Do a few simple exercises like jumping jacks or walking in place, or by doing stretches in front of the screen. Make a new rule: No sitting during commercials.  

Make household chores count: Mop or vacuum fast enough to get your heart pumping. A 150–pound person can burn about 150 calories an hour this way. Have young children or pets at home? Playing with them can burn more than 200 calories per hour.

Yard work and gardening are also ways to burn calories and strengthen your arm, leg, and back muscles. Pushing a lawn mower, raking leaves, shoveling, and other outdoor chores can be an effective workout.  

Use stay-at-home time for projects you may have been putting off. Cleaning out the garage or attic is another way to be productive and active at the same time.