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Health Tip: Getting More Active at Home

Suggestions to avoid being a couch potato

(HealthDay News) -- You don't have to belong to a gym for you and family members to get enough exercise. Why not start at home?

The American Heart Association suggests:

  • Do your own housework, mow the lawn or rake leaves.
  • Before meals, head outside for a short walk. Start out with a five-to-10-minute walk and work your way up to 30 minutes. If you're heading to a nearby store, take a bike or walk and leave the car home.
  • While watching TV, do sit-ups, stretch or use home gym equipment. While you talk on the phone, stand up.
  • Take the family dog for a walk.
  • Park further from your destination so you get in extra steps. If you're headed to the mall, bring some sneakers and walk a few laps.
  • Stretch, bend and squat while looking for items around the house.

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