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A few tips to help get fit on the sly

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Update: More and more research supports the idea that even a little exercise is better than none. Last year, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control released a joint statement recommending that "every American adult should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity over the course of most days of the week."

Today I would like to discuss some ways to "sneak in" exercise from an article in the American Institute for Cancer Research Newsletter. This article pointed out that many of us are limited in the amount of time we have for exercise, and gave some really nice tips for adding exercise to your day-to-day routine.

At home

Add an active twist to your usual routines. Instead of driving to a farmer's market, ride your bike and get exercise along with the fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wash your car yourself instead of taking it to the car wash.

Give your spouse an old-fashioned back rub. Great for your arm, chest and back muscles, and you might get one in return.

Weed the garden. If you don't have one, plant one.

Bake bread. All the kneading and punching tones the arms. Of course this doesn't work with a bread-making machine.

Mow your own lawn.

At work

Take the stairs between floors and forget the elevators and escalators.

Take a refreshing walk outside during your lunch break. Walk with a co-worker and talk about things other than work.

Deliver a memo instead of sending it via inter-office mail or e-mail. Walk to a co-worker's office instead of dialing an extension. Use a copier on a different floor.

In the community

Get together with a friend for daily walks or bike rides around the neighborhood.

Head to a museum on a rainy afternoon. Seeing inspiring artwork may make you forget you've been walking around all day.

Take part in physical activity fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons for disease prevention. You can exercise, meet new friends and help others all at once.

Park your car in the far reaches of a parking lot. The time you spend looking for a spot closer to the door is better spent walking there.

Rediscover sports such as bowling, archery or roller skating. Have fun "sneaking" exercise into your daily life and you will benefit both physically and emotionally.