What Are Some Ways to Live a More Active Life?


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Setting goals, planning activities and tracking results are some ways to live a more active life. There are also ways to combine activities; for example socializing while exercising, to become more active.

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What Are Some Ways to Live a More Active Life?
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Identifying short-term and long-term goals is the first step to take. You can then identify activities that can help to achieve these goals, and plan which ones to complete over a given week. Each day, tick off the activities you complete, with a reward at the end of the week if you complete all of them. Each week should build upon the week that went before it, and eventually you can achieve even long-term goals. This goal-oriented approach is known as behavioral activation.

Physical activity is important for general health, so consider taking part in activities such as a social sport, a daily walk in the evening or helping friends move house. You can change your everyday routine to make it more active, for example, cycling to work instead of driving, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

For an activity that gets you out of the house and gives you the satisfaction of helping others, consider volunteering. As well as making you feel good about how you spend your time, it has positive effects in the community.

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