24 January, 2009

Health Tip of the Day - Get Moving

The human body is meant to move. Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. You will improve your overall health, well-being, and quality of life. Any activity that gets your heart rate up and moves your muscles qualifies as physical activity. Some ideas to live a more active lifestyle are:

☻ Gardening.
☻ Cleaning your home.
☻ Washing your car by hand.
☻ Taking your children to a park and playing with them rather than sitting a watching them.
☻ Climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, especially if you are only going up or down a few floors.
☻ Parking farther away from your destination than usual.
☻ Skating.
☻ Bicycling.
☻ Walking briskly.
☻ Bouncing on a mini trampoline.

Researchers at the University of South Carolina in Columbia found that people who had moderate to high levels of physical activity experienced 20-30% fewer colds than those with low activity levels. Regular physical activity promotes health in a number of ways:

☻ Improves the functioning of the digestive system.
☻ Stimulates lymphatic flow which promotes elimination of toxins from the body.
☻ Increases circulation and the efficiency of heart function.
☻ Supports the immune system.

A key to getting in shape is determination and consistency. If you find it difficult to exercise for 30-minutes or more each day, just do five or ten minutes. Often you'll find it difficult to quit once you get started. Notice how your body responds to exercise and truly enjoy all the benefits of exercise. The more you focus on the benefits the easier it will be to motivate yourself to stick with your fitness plan.

How do you fit exercise into your routine?

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