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10 Free Ways To Be More Physically Active In May

Physical activity is incredibly important, it can be difficult to get started if you haven't been active in a while.

I don’t know about you but over the last few years I have become far less physically active than ever before.  So in keeping with the FlyLady May movement habit, here are some great ways to increase physical activity that won’t break the bank!

A daily dose of activity can be easier than you think!

We all have to run errands at some point, here are some easy and free ideas to get your heart pumping.

Take the stairs. Instead of taking the elevator or escalator, take the stairs whenever possible. This is a great way to get your heart rate up and build strength in your legs and glutes.

Park further away. If you’re going to the store or running errands, park further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way. This is a great way to get some extra steps in without even thinking about it.

It's easier than you think to be active around the house.

Go for a walk. This is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to get some exercise. All you need is a pair of shoes and a willingness to get outside. Aim for at least 30 minutes of walking most days of the week.

Play with your kids. If you have kids, use them as an excuse to get up and move around. Play tag, go for a bike ride, or have a dance party.

Garden. Gardening is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. Plus, it’s a rewarding hobby that can save you money on your grocery bill.

You are most likely already paying for internet, there are lots of free resources online to get you moving.

Find a dance instruction video. Dancing is a great way to get your heart rate up and have some fun. There are many different types of dance tutorials available, so you’re sure to find one that you enjoy.

Yoga or Pilates videos. Yoga and Pilates are great ways to improve your flexibility, strength, and balance. There are many different yoga and Pilates vidoes available, so you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.

Traditional workout videos.  Can’t afford a gym membership, check around online for free and low cost options to get your workout at home.  Many common household items can be used for strength training.

Check in with your local community

Community center classes.  Many community centers offer free or low cost activites that you can do like dance, swimming, tennis, or joining a sports team.

Community clean up.  What a great way to show community support and get a little fitness in!  Perhaps there are group clean up events that will have you walking in the park to pick up trash.

These are just a few ideas for how to get more physically active in May. Remember, any amount of exercise is better than none. So get moving and start enjoying the benefits of a healthy lifestyle!

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