March 22, 2021 | Jody Gatewood
Have you ever heard of activity snacks? These are like food snacks, but in physical activity form! Sometimes I dread going to start a workout- whether that be at the gym or at home, I do not want to put in a chunk of time to move. Days can become busy, but I often feel discouraged and defeated when I feel I did not get enough movement in. This is where activity snacks can fit in your everyday.
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should move more and sit less getting in 150 to 300 minutes of physical activity each week. This is about 22 to 43 minutes of activity per day.
This can be a great goal to accomplish through activity snacks. This is when you dedicate 5 to 15 minutes 3 times a day to be active whether that be in your living room, at your desk, or in-between meetings. This totals 15 to 45 minutes of your day dedicated to movement without the burden of setting up a huge space of your time for the gym.
It is as simple as waking up and doing morning stretches, pushing through a chair workout over lunch hour, and going for an evening walk. Every little thing adds up to big numbers at the end of the day.
Check out some activity videos we have on our website for some easy activities to work into your day! All you need is your body and a chair- perfect for your busy life.
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Hello! I am Brianna Montross, currently a graduate student and dietetic intern at Iowa State University. Some of my favorite things to do are write poetry, run, and find new ways to incorporate veggies in my cooking.