Make Exercise Easy, For Health’s Sake

Walking is good exercise at any age. Photo by: graphicstockWalking is good exercise at any age. Photo by: graphicstock

By: Nancy Larson—

Nancy Larson

Nancy Larson

The U.S. Center of Disease states that exercise is essential for wellness and especially helpful for losing weight or managing it.  With our health rankings in Delaware County being 87 out of 92, we all have a responsibility to encourage health and wellness in our workplace, our churches, our schools, etc.

Just the other day I had to take the elevator at work instead of the stairs and I was called out on it because I am always promoting the stairs. We can lead by example by trying ways to add a little more exercise into our daily routine.  Maybe start by walking farther from the entrance to a building or take the stairs up one floor instead of the elevator.

Remember, a healthy adult should get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity (e.g. brisk walking) every week.

It is also recommended to add in muscle-strengthening activities (e.g. push-ups or weight lifting) on two or more days a week that work all major muscles groups (legs, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms). You can break this up into 10-minute increments throughout your day if time is as issue.

Now, here’s the simple way to do all of them:

  • If you drive to work, try parking a distance from your office and walk the rest of the way.
  • Always try to take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Don’t forget to have fun, such as family bike rides, hikes and other outdoor activities.
  • Walk whenever your trip is a mile or less (weather permitting).
  • At the end of the day, take a walk around the block instead of that late night snack.
  • While watching television, do some push-ups/sit-ups during the commercials.
  • Eat light and take a walk during your lunch hour.

We owe it to ourselves to do something healthy every day. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Nancy Larson is the Wellness Director for Westminster Village of Muncie. Contact her at