Being physically active is a key recommendation for cancer prevention and to boost overall health. The good news is that whatever your fitness or activity level, you can benefit from doing a little more. Look for simple ways to boost your activity or change it up, or you may simply begin with a focus on sitting less.
Colder weather and shorter daylight hours make it more challenging to boost your activity, but there are many creative ways to sneak in movement and muscle strengthening. You won’t need special equipment or a lot of money for a home workout. With access to online programs, videos and your own ideas, you can build a fitness program that works for you.
To help you develop your own plan, we checked in with health providers working in oncology to find out how they stay active at home and what they recommend to their clients. From walking to working out with the oldies, here are five of their most mentioned ideas to get active today and through the winter:
Once you find a routine that you enjoy and that keeps your interest, it’s easier to maintain a routine. Track your progress by setting a SMART goal. To stay motivated, make a list of the key reasons you want to stay active and post it where you will see it every day — the refrigerator, your computer or beside the bathroom sink. And if you can find a buddy, or establish a helpful way to stay accountable to your goals, you’ll have a great support system to keep it up.
We have more ideas from the oncology health professionals, so head over to our blog for even more inspiration and fun ideas!
Thanks to these dietitians for their ideas:
Vicki Barber, RD, CSO; Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND; Lynn Hewes, MS, RD, LDN, CP-FS; Kim Robien, PhD, RD, LD, CSO, FAND; Anita Vincent, RDN, CSO, LDN; Taylor Lawless, RDN, CSO, LDN