Louisiana is one of the laziest states in the country, according to a new
study, with 30 percent of residents doing no physical activity. Many people
sit at a desk during the day and during long commutes, then come home
to sit some more – on the couch or at a home computer.
While occasionally taking the stairs or parking further away are small
ways to get active, they aren’t enough to get the recommended 150
minutes of activity per week. Here are some easy ways to step up your
If you already have a wearable tracker like Fitbit or Apple Watch, you
can easily set goals for steps and activity. Plus, with a Fitbit you can
check out workouts and other tips within the app. You can pay a premium
to add a Fitbit Coach, which takes the daily activity you log and recommends
workouts and activities. This may be a good option if you’re bored
with just walking around the neighborhood and want to challenge yourself
with something new.
Nike Training Club is a free app with a library full of workouts to try,
ranging from 15 to 45 minutes and varying intensities. You can search
for workouts aimed at specific body parts or fitness objectives.
Aaptiv is another good option for audio, coach-led workouts including running
and circuit type training. YouTube is another great resource, especially
for easy, at-home HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts.
Couch to 5K, and other similar apps, uses interval training to take you
from the couch to running a 5K in nine weeks. You get a training course
of 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week to build up your stamina.
If you have any health complications, or maybe just some hesitation about
starting a new workout routine, talk to your doctor. It’s fairly
rare to be told you can’t exercise at all, but it may take a little
time to find the right fit.
Victoria Campesi, RD, LDN
Outpatient Clinical Dietitian
Baton Rouge General Health & Wellness Center