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Fitness isn’t a waste of time, but an investment of time. Staying fit doesn’t have to be hard. Small changes to a daily routine can help improve the health of the body. Dietary changes are easy, and they don’t require dieting. Substituting a carrot or another vegetable for a sugary snack is one simple way to change a daily diet. Other ways to get in shape involve physical changes to a routine. While going to the gym, swimming laps, or running a few miles a day are beneficial to the body, there are other and simpler ways to help get the body into better shape.

Some ideas for outside the home are to take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator, walk instead of drive—if possible, stand instead of sit, or try to take some walks while at work—this will break up the amount of time spent sitting at a desk. All of these small changes to behavior will help improve the wellness of the body by getting blood flowing and keeping muscles working instead of relaxing.

At home there are also more ways to keep the body fit. While watching T.V. or while sitting at the computer, lift some dumbbells to work out the muscles of the arms. Another way to keep moving while in front of the T.V. is to do some sit-ups or crunches instead of sitting on the couch. Drinking water throughout the day will also keep the body hydrated and energized. Taking a walk before or after dinner will provide relaxation, time to think, and also a little extra work for the body.

Working out from home requires only a few supplementary pieces of equipment. Dumbbells are inexpensive, but offer a variety of different ways to work out the arms. Getting an exercise ball can help increase the effectiveness of exercises that work the abs and legs. And a medicine ball can also help work the arms and abs. Learning yoga will offer a full body workout in as little as 10 minutes, so buying a yoga DVD and yoga mat are good investments as well.

Instead of setting many time-consuming goals, try to set a daily challenge that can be easily fulfilled by the end of the day. Going for a run or going to the gym can be goals for just one of the days during the week, and other challenges can cater to the diet or other physical exercises. Setting daily challenges is a good way to realistically accomplish fitness goals.