By Leo Babauta

For the month of April, we’ll focus on the Get Active habit — basically, the exercise habit but with a focus on being active rather than “exercising.”

What’s the difference? Well, lots of people see exercise as a chore, something they should do but want to put off. But being active is about being alive, being in love with moving and the outdoors and having fun. It’s about play, not work.

Let’s increase our play this month!

So how do we go about it? Today, I ask you to start by doing two things:

  1. Commit to playing for just 5-10 minutes a day. Every day. You could do a little more than 10 minutes if you’re having fun, but let’s just commit to a minimum of 5 minutes of active play.
  2. Write down 3-5 things you like to do that are physically active: dancing, playing a sport, walking, skipping with your child, jumping rope, yoga, pushups, racing a friend, kayaking, swimming, surfing, riding a bike, etc. Make sure they’re things that are fun!

That’s it. In your head, try to really commit to this new habit. And think of what you like to do that’s active and fun.

We’ll talk more tomorrow, but do these two actions today!

NOTE: If you’re already a regular exerciser, check out the Advanced Challenges.