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OK all you couch potatoes. Turn that TV off, step away from the computer and get moving because May is National Physical Fitness Month. This month I am partnering with the TSET to promote Physical Fitness. Did you know that getting just 30 minutes of exercise a day helps reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes? Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. I know what your thinking, uggh EXERCISE? It's actually much easier than you think.
Simple Ideas to Stay Active:
- Don't take the closest parking space. Park farther out so that you have to walk more.
- Get up and move during commercial breaks.
- When talking on the phone, don't just stand still, walk around the house. You will be surprised how many steps you can take without even realizing you did by the time the conversation is over.
- Get outside and get some sunshine. Play with your kids or take the dog for a walk.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Don't take the stroller everywhere. If your child is sleeping carry them (strength training).
- Use your Wii or XBOX Kinect. They all have great exercise programs such as Zumba, Wii Fit and more.
- You can also print this downloadable check list.
Here is a video I made when I discovered I could exercise without leaving my home.
Getting active and living a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be an all or nothing goal. Start by just making small changes in your family's lifestyle. Changes in your day to day activities and changes in your diet. For example, I just took fatty cooking oils out of our diet and replaced it with coconut oil and my two picky kids love it. We are eating less processed food as well. We didn't take it completely out because it would just leave them wanting more. I just don't have it as accessible in the home as I used to. We've also switched to sea salt instead of table salt. It's literally that easy. Small changes people! Are you up for the challenge?
Did you know…...the lives of 5,320 Oklahomans could be saved each year if our state simply met the national average for health measures? Check out ShapeYourFutureOK.com for more information and ideas. Follow ShapeYourFuture on Twitter.
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