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Simply Fit, by Cindy Haskin-Popp, will help you make physical activity a part of everyday life. The health benefits of regular exercise and overall daily physical activity will be discussed. Fun, practical and easy-to-follow tips on an exercise program will be shared, as will the most current research. Fitness tips for families and seniors, on fitness centers and on buying proper and affordable equipment will be regularly given. 

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The ABC's of a Healthy and Fit Life

For the holidays, my in-laws gave us a plaque on which "The ABC's of Life" are inscribed. The plaque's sentiment inspired me to develop a set of ABC's for a life full of health and fitness. These little lessons are great reminders that we need to assume responsibility for our own well-being by actively incorporating healthy habits into our lives daily.

As a child I assumed that adulthood meant an end to learning and evolving as an individual. As an adult, I realize that personal growth has no end. As you embark on a new year, resolve to adopt a life strategy that boasts a healthful return.

The ABC's of a Healthy and Fit Life:
  • Always strive to be healthy
  • Balance your workouts to include aerobic endurance, strength, and flexibility exercises
  • Cardiovascular fitness protects against many chronic diseases
  • Dare to challenge yourself
  • Eat a varied, nutrient-dense diet
  • Find ways to make exercise fun
  • Give yourself a day off to allow your body to repair and rebuild
  • Health is not just a physical state, but a frame of mind
  • Intake of calories should equal energy expended
  • Justify taking time to exercise
  • Keep focused on your short- and long-term goals
  • Listen to your body
  • Manage stress
  • Never give up
  • Overcome life's obstacles with a strong social network/support system
  • Plan for contingencies
  • Question healthcare products that sound "too good to be true"
  • Respect yourself for who you are
  • Schedule physical activity into your daily routine
  • Take one day at a time
  • Understand that change is a process
  • Visit your doctor annually
  • Walking is the simplest and easiest form of exercise for most individuals
  • X is the Roman numeral for 10 - as little as 10 minutes of exercise, 3 times a day will bring health benefits
  • Yesterday's obstacle can become today's springing board
  • Zero excuses to not increase your physical activity

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