This year, make a Move More Plan instead of a New Year’s resolution. Chances are you have room for increasing your activity, because fewer than one in four Americans over 18 years old meet the recommendations for physical activity, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And even if you do meet the activity recommendation, you may still be sitting too much. Replacing sitting time with movement and boosting your moderate physical activity to more vigorous activity means more health benefits, including lowered cancer risk, improved blood sugar control for those with diabetes, better sleep and less anxiety.
A great place to start your Move More Plan is with AICR’s second Recommendation for Cancer Prevention: “Be physically active as part of everyday life – walk more and sit less.” Whatever your level of activity, developing a Move More Plan will help you map out specifically what you want to change, how you will make the change and ways you can tweak it as necessary.
A notebook, an app or a pedometer can help you keep track of how you are doing and provide some accountability. Better yet, find a friend to do a move more plan with so you can compare notes, encourage each other and share ideas.
You can also sign up for AICR’s New American Plate Challenge, scheduled to begin in February 2019 for weekly challenges with tips, SMART goals, diet and activity guidance and support.