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Archive for April, 2011

More Physical Activity

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Studies have shown that apparently when it comes to the prevention of chronic diseases, physical activity is the second most important adjustable risk factor (smoking cigarettes is the first). This means that taking part in some form of physical exercise even just a few minutes a day can present health benefits.

How to Start Exercising – and Stick to It

Follow these tips to help you make your commitment to exercising last:

Start Slowly and Work Your Way Up – If you currently don’t participate in any form of exercise, start with just 10 minutes a day. After 1 week, increase it to 15 minutes, after 2 weeks to 20 minutes, and so on. Slowly work your new regime into your lifestyle.

Write It Down – Keep a record of what you’re doing and hold yourself to a program. If it’s written down, you’ll be more likely to stick to it.

At-Home Exercises – Look into exercises that can be done from the comfort of your own home. Instead of wasting money on gym memberships, there are plenty of exercises you can do at home or in your neighborhood. And since you don’t have to leave your house, you may find you’re more inclined to do them.

Change Your Diet – For many, healthy eating provides additional motivation to continue exercising. A big part of your overall well being is diet. Cut out the fatty foods, increase your veggie intake, get protein from chicken and fish, and choose whole grain carbohydrates versus white. Watch your energy level spike, as you feel better and better with each new day.

Do what it takes to feel good about your lifestyle.

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