Friday, February 8, 2008

Everyday Fitness

You don't have time to work out, but surely you could implement a couple of these suggestions to make you feel better despite that fact (originally posted on Breaking the Silence where you can find all kinds of health and wellness goodies!):

Living Healthy Made Easy

So you're NOT the athletic kind, not even the type who would be found anywhere near an exercise video, much less a gym. Fret not, because a healthy lifestyle is still within reach. According to the "Stealth Health" movement, sneaking healthy habits into our daily living is easier than we think.
Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center and of the Yale Preventive Medicine Center said there are at least 2,400 ways to sneak healthy activities into daily living.
Just do any three of the 12 changes below and incorporate them into your life for four days. When you feel comfortable with those changes, pick three others. Once you've incorporated all 12 changes, you should start to feel a difference within a couple of weeks:

To improve Nutrition:

1. Buy whole foods (whether canned, frozen or fresh from the farm) instead of processed foods.
2. Reject foods and drinks made with corn syrup.
3. Start each dinner with a mixed green salad.

To improve Physical Fitness:

1. Do a squat every time you pick something up instead of bending over.
2. Every time you stop at a traffic light (whether you're driving or riding a car or bus), tighten your thighs and butt muscles and release as many times as you can.
3. Whenever you're standing on a line, lift one foot a half-inch off the ground. Switch every few minutes.

To improve Stress Control:

1. Give your husband/wife/parent(s) a hug every day before work.
2. Have a good cry.
3. Twice a day, breathe deeply for three to five minutes.

To improve Sleep:

1. Sprinkle just-washed sheets and pillowcases with lavender water.
2. Buy a new pillow.
3. Eat a handful of walnuts before going to bed.


And on a similar note, read about tricks you can teach your body to overcome common "ailments," on my original blog at DABU


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