The Fitness Trail: Be active everyday |

The Fitness Trail: Be active everyday

Jackie Wright
The Fitness Trail/ Grand County, Colo.

Combining a consistently performed safe and effective exercise program and a healthy eating regimen with an active daily lifestyle is the “magic’ plan to ensure a lifetime of health and fitness. The active daily lifestyle component is crucial to its success. The more active you are throughout the day, the more calories you expend, and, the stronger your functional muscular system will be, helping you to perform your activities of daily living safer and more effectively. Active does not necessarily mean “busy”. You can be busy just sitting at the computer and we know that sitting expends fewer calories than sleeping at night. Therefore, active means moving your body through space and time such as climbing the stairs, walking to the market, cycling to work, loading and unloading the car, chopping wood, shoveling snow, playing with the kids and cleaning house. Consider the following suggested daily activities to begin creating a more active lifestyle this fall and reap all of the health/fitness rewards. And as always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

There is no doubt that walking is a fantastic activity and it can easily become the central activity that you perform for the cardiovascular endurance component of your fitness program. You might consider walking everywhere you can throughout your day. Purchase a pedometer or a FitBit which counts the number of steps taken every day with the goal being to take 10,000 (or more) steps daily. The more you walk, the more you will be able to walk.

Faster than walking, riding a bicycle is another great activity that helps build cardiovascular endurance, taking you from point A to point B. An activity of choice for city dwellers, another benefit is not having to find a place to park. If you are biking to work and don’t want to arrive sweaty, allow yourself enough time to cycle at a less intense pace. On the way home, you can kick it up a notch if you like, but the key is to use your body as the motor rather than the car.

If you are physically able, take the stairs, not the elevator. And, if there is an escalator, actively walk up and down rather than just standing there. If there is a moving walkway in the airport, walk alongside if possible rather than taking the walkway, but at the very least walk the walkway rather than standing. You will get to your destination quicker and expend more energy along the way.

Tote the heaviest load you are able to carry safely; lift what you are able to lift safely and clean your environment often. If you’re physically able to, shovel your own snow and chop your own fire wood.

The more active you are daily, the more efficient, fit and functional your body will become. The more you do, the more you will be able to do, so be active every day

Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at, her email at, her blog at and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.

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