Exercise is an important part of how to maintain good health. It needs to be a daily thing to keep your body in peak condition. But getting to the gym that often is not something that easily fits into every lifestyle. Take a look at these ideas to help you build and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Create ways for you to exercise while doing your normal daily activities

Getting moving is what is most important to keeping you fit outside of the gym. If you work in an office building, instead of taking the elevators, try taking the stairs. Those extra instances of walking can easily substitute for a step training routine. Another idea for anyone in an office setting: if you have a question for a colleague, don't pick up the phone. Instead, take a walk to their office. Every time you make that choice you are talking extra steps that can help get you fit. At home, instead of shouting between floors to communicate with family, take the extra steps to talk face-to-face. Or, if you have used cleaning help in the past for your home, cut down on their time and use rigorous cleaning as a way to get in shape. There are many things you can do.

Find holes in your daily schedule where you can add an exercise session

You may not have a daily hour block where the gym makes sense, but you certainly have five to ten minute times throughout the day where a little exercise is possible. Use them to your advantage. Take a walk around your office grounds. Close your office door and do a few push-ups and sit-ups. You could even use your office chair for some shoulder presses.

Change up your exercise routines

If you do the same things day in and out, you may get stuck in a rut. This could lead to you stopping completely. Instead mix up what exercises you do during these times, how you do them and the areas you explore. If you normally take a walk in a certain direction, try exploring areas you haven't seen before. Invite a friend to join you on one of your ten minute power walks. Instead of normal push-ups, try a variation. All of these adaptations, no matter how minor, will activate new areas in your brain and keep you interested.

Consider bringing a dog into your life

A pet is not for everyone (and don't get one just for this tip), but if you are an animal lover who has considered a dog, then know that owning a dog is a great choice for maintaining good health. Your dog needs daily walks, just like you. Use these times to get outside and take that ten minute walk that you promised yourself. You may even find you'll want to go for longer simply because your dog is enjoying it so much.

Remember, fitness is a lifestyle choice, not just a gym activity. You can maintain good health by working with your world around you. Keep an eye out for opportunities and commit to it.