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How running errands and doing chores can be habit-forming

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Bad habits can be hard to break, but change is possible with a positive attitude, according to Dr. Vishal Bhatia, endocrinologist at St. Mary’s Medical Group in Evansville, Indiana. He advises patients to start slowly and progress gradually when making health goals.

“You need to make a steady change in your lifestyle habits, otherwise it’s going to be difficult for you to stick with them,” he says.

The incidence of diabetes is increasing due to the increasing occurrence of obesity. Dr. Bhatia encourages patients to fit exercise into their daily routine whenever and wherever they can.

“Whatever activity keeps you engaged so that you’re not bored will be the best option for you,” he says. “My patients often have a sedentary lifestyle and eat too much fast food, which causes high blood pressure and high cholesterol and puts them more at risk for heart disease. I encourage them to get moving, which will help start the process of reducing those risks.”

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Choices like taking the stairs over the elevator or walking to the grocery store instead of driving can bring you closer to the recommended goal of 10,000 steps per day. Tracking every move often helps people stay more active.

“You can see the number of steps you take each day on a pedometer or smartphone app,” Dr. Bhatia says. “Then you can reward yourself after you’ve had a success.”

For patients who have a busy schedule and can’t commit to the gym, there are time-friendly options that are fast, convenient and possibly more fun.

“If you want to exercise, you can lift household items or go up and down your stairs,” he says. “You could also find a stationary bike or elliptical and use it at home. I’d also suggest limiting your TV time so that you’re not sitting down all the time. However you do it, just be active and find your own way.”

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