Avoid the all-or-nothing mindset.

At their simplest, the "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans" (published by the HHS) are to “Move more and sit less throughout the day. Some physical activity is better than none.”

Being active doesn’t have to mean engaging in a complicated program. If going to the gym and setting aside several hours a week to exercise sounds daunting to you, you won’t be consistent.

Think back even 100 years. Our bodies weren’t designed to require hours dedicated to intentional exercise. Our bodies were built for things like manual labor and to walk everywhere. Organized fitness is just a way to recreate that in a modern world, where cars exist and careers that involve sitting all day are so much more commonplace.

Standing and walking are so underutilized for their health benefits and even as weight management strategies.

I used to work at Chick-fil-A, and believe it or not I LOST weight during that time, even though I ate waffle fries just about every day. If you’ve ever worked in food service, you know how much energy it takes to be on your feet all day.

Our bodies were made to stand. Don’t underestimate the power of doing the simple things.

Walking, and even just standing, are some of the most underrated and underutilized weight management strategies.