Maximize Summer Movement

Fitness trackers are great because they help you to see how much you do or do not move throughout the day, so you can intentionally find ways to increase that movement and track your progress. Many small efforts can add up throughout the day. Keep in mind that it’s unlikely that you’ll need to increase calorie intake to compensate for exercise. The calories burned during exercise help to offset the decrease in energy expenditure you experience from carrying around a lot less weight.

  • Always wear or carry walking shoes with you. If you have a 10 minute wait at the dentist’s office, walk around the block or up and down the building steps.
  • Intentionally park at the far end of the parking lot.
  • Pace inside your house while watching TV or waiting for the dryer to finish.
  • Go for short walks throughout the day and a longer walk when you can work it in.
  • Seize summer fun activities like kayaking, biking, swimming, Frisbee, jump rope, and hiking every chance you get.
  • Take advantage of cooler weather in the early morning or later evenings. You might even time it so you can catch the sunrise or sunset.
  • Work out in the water to keep cool and build your fitness.
  • Visit amusement parks, museums, zoos, parks or aquariums to walk for hours without realizing it.

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