An Active Lifestyle

Living An Active Lifestyle

An active lifestyle is more than simply visiting the gym for an hour or jumping around in the living room to an aerobics tape. Be creative and find ways to incorporate physical activity into almost everything you do.

An active lifestyle

Here are some suggestions to get you started and help you boost your activity level. Believe me, if you make a conscious effort to integrate more activity into your daily life, it will eventually become second nature. Give some of these suggestions a try! You may have heard some of these before, but they bear repeating as a reminder.

Tips to Boost Your Activity

Walking down an escalator

  • Walk as much as possible by parking the car a few blocks away from where you’re headed or walk to an appointment from your office instead of driving. Whenever you’re walking try to focus on long strides and a quicker than normal pace. This gets the heart rate going a bit faster than just meandering along.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk up the stairs as quickly as you can. For a little variation, try slowing down and taking two stairs at a time to further strengthen your legs.
  • During breaks at work, walk the stairs, walk around the building or walk down the halls. Find any type of activity that keeps you moving during your break (you can sit at your desk and relax after the break!)
  • Whenever you’re walking somewhere, take the long way around. Use this technique to get anywhere you’re going… from shopping at the mall to getting a drink at the water cooler.
  • Don’t use drive-thru windows. Park and get out of your car to do your banking, grab a bite to eat, or pick up the dry cleaning. You’ll be amazed at how many muscles getting in and out of a car use!
  • At the supermarket, whenever you have a light load, carry your own groceries out to the car without the shopping cart. And remember to park the car in a spot furthest from the store entrance!
  • Whenever possible, stand instead of sitting. Even standing still will burn more calories than sitting!
  • Loose the remote. When was the last time you actually got up from your seat, engaged all your leg muscles, and walked over to change the channel on the TV? New TVs have no channel changer? Just get up during commercials and look out a window or something!
  • Unless it’s urgent, always opt for the bathroom that’s furthest from you. Better yet, use an upstairs bathroom, if there is one near you. Do the same for answering the telephone. It is estimated that Americans save walking approximately 70 miles per year with the advent of extension phones! To make matters worse, we now carry mobile phones on our person every where we go.

 

Meaning of an Active Lifestyle
An active lifestyle means more than just visiting a gym.

Don’t Imagine the Worst

Don’t Imagine the Worst!

A super simple health secret

Are you having an issue with your health that you are afraid to deal with?

Do you just hope it will go away, yet at the same time fear something awful is wrong?

You are not alone.

When something is wrong with us, we can easily imagine the worst outcome. It’s human nature. There is nothing unusual about this behavior.  It is not in our best interests, however,

You are so afraid, you are sure. You just know the doctor is going to tell you something awful. This process of exaggerating a threat creates anxiety and unfounded fear. It also has the dangerous effect of encouraging us not to seek treatment. When you imagine the worst, you start a process that really could  be harmful to you!

Don’t let yourself get caught in a guessing game that does you no good. Acknowledge what you don’t know and find out the best answer from a medical professional.

Do not imagine the worst

What You Do Does Matter

Health is not like the lottery. We are not just randomly stricken with diseases. While some health outcomes are completely beyond our control, many diseases are affected by our decisions and behaviors.

For example, cancer is the number one public health fear. Most people believe it is impossible or next to impossible to prevent cancer. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found, however, that half of all cancers can be traced to personal choices such as having a sedentary lifestyle, a high-fat diet, prolonged and unprotected exposure to the sun, etc.

Another example: In a study of those who suffer back pain, University of Michigan researchers found that people were ten times more likely to think surgery was necessary than was actually the case.

Relax, breathe…and live!