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Staying Active

Staying Active is an important part of our day.  We can find ways to be active at school, work and at home.  Being active means knowing the value of physical activity and making it a priority in our lives.  Sometimes being fit makes it easier to accomplish the other things that are competing for our time.  It’s important to realize that healthy bodies come in a range of weights, shapes, and sizes. Know what your strengths and abilities are.

  Look for ways to take exercise breaks at work such as:  taking a walk during lunch or use stairs instead of the elevator.  There are many ways to become more active by walking, gardening, swimming, bicycling , dancing or exercising while watching TV .  These activities are easy to start with because they don’t need much training, can be done alone or with friends, don’t cost much and can be done by people of almost any age.  Physical activity is just as important for bone health as it is for muscle strength.  Women who do weight-bearing exercise such as walking, running, or tennis have a greater bone density than women who do non weight bearing exercise such as swimming or gardening.  Choose to exercise in shorter blocks of time instead of longer ones.    Think of family time as a chance for both you and  your whole family to do active fun things together.  Include the children on camping, hiking, canoeing, skiing and other trips and outings.  Always encourage lifelong sports such as swimming, cycling, tennis, jogging, skiing, or hiking.

Consider what types of community activities are available.  Choose a time that works for you and commit to participating in some type of physical activity each day.

Some tips for continuing to stay  active:

Remind yourself of what you get out of being active.  Set specific goals that you know you can achieve.  Keep track of what you have done, and reward yourself when you reach a goal.  Expect to be thrown off schedule sometimes.  Get back on track as soon as you can.

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Comments on: "Staying Active" (5)

  1. Be sure to think about what your family can be doing to build in more active time during your busy week.

  2. Tammy Wilson said:

    Some good ideas. I made a commitment to myself to exercise at least four times a week last fall I have kept that commitment and it has turned into a good habit. I also think it is important to be active as a family.

  3. Ethelyn said:

    Thanks for the reminder! I have fallen off of the exercise wagon, and I know that I do feel better when it is a part of my day. I’ll get back with it…..tomorrow 🙂

  4. Erin Swilling said:

    Making yourself do for the first couple days becomes wanting to do it when you realize how good you feel after it becomes part of your routine!

  5. Jan Jones said:

    Take the stairs, park away from the store, walk the dog, keep the music on to increase your step and pep. All these things can help!

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