Nov 24 2014
Exercise: The Fountain of Youth
I hope that you have your holiday ingredients for Thanksgiving! We are now at Week Two of the holiday challenge. If you did not start the challenge last week, there is no time like the present! This week is time to focus on physical activity. When most of us are sitting on the couch after a big meal, break out of the usual routine and take a walk. Getting out in the fresh air will help you feel better the rest of the day and it can be a great start for a new Thanksgiving tradition. This is something that my family has added to our routine for the last 10 or 15 years. If you don’t walk on a regular basis, it may be important to have a check with your medical provider. After Thanksgiving, add more activity in the next few weeks and even beyond. It has so many health benefits and in addition, it provides enzymes to kick-in anti-aging properties which is important also. If someone has been wondering what you would like for a holiday gift, here are a few ideas that may help get you started to be more active.
1. New exercise clothes and/or shoes
2. Pedometer or fit bit
3. Gym membership
4. Free weights
5. New dog (nothing motivates more than having a wonderful exercise buddy)
6. New exercise tape, I think the Leslie Samsone walk away the pounds series are great.
These are just a few ideas that you are someone you love can share to help motivate you to get started. Record keeping can also help inspire you to get more time or days in. Treat yourself to a non-food reward after reaching so many days.
Benefits to Exercise
Exercise keeps our bones strong, helps prevent and manage diabetes, assists with weight management and maintenance and reduces the risk of cancer. It helps keep us strong and tone!
Think That You Don’t Have Time for the Fountain of Youth?
Many of us feel that we are too busy for exercise but if it keeps us younger and more tone, why not make the time? One trick that has worked for me in the past and writing it down in my schedule. If it is on my calendar, I am more likely to keep the date with myself if I have it on my calendar and if something comes up, then I have to reschedule. Add ways to get extra steps naturally by parking further from the mall or gym, walking an extra lap around the mall or downtown if you are shopping. Finding an exercise buddy to work out with you can help you on those days that you just don’t feel like it.
Ways to Get Started
Start out slow and add more as time comes. Don’t be a weekend warrior, not doing anything and when the weekend comes, doing to much and having a sports injury. Make it as permanent of a habit as brushing teeth. The rest of you is as important as your teeth. Time to get started! Get out and move!