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Happy Earth Day

Lower your carbon footprint and get your exercise at the same time.

I take to this idea like a duck… or two… to water. I was raised to always conserve whenever and wherever possible. Thank you Daddy and Mommy.

I like to bicycle, walk, kayak, carpool, hang laundry, take the stairs instead of an elevator, use hand tools and public transportation, etc. All this NEAT activity gets me into the fresh spring air with a tinge of cool mist under today’s drizzling sunny sky.

NEAT is the acronym for non-exercise activity thermogenesis. This type of activity burns calories throughout the day, other than sleeping, eating and playing sports. How neat is that? Are you double thinking using the remotes for the tv, lights, car, and around the rest of your “smart house?” Yes? Good.

We also recycle, clean up the roadside and reuse what someone else may call “trash.” The trash may not be a treasure; but, it still has plenty of worthwhile use left. We also get to use our imaginations by thinking outside the box, which is great for brain health…another benefit.

What NEAT ways do you like to help protect our mother earth?…as well as yourself? We are all in this together and more than just a link in the food chain.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

image: Natalie~Personal Trainer~NAPS 2 B Fit.

 

National Walking Day

The first Wednesday of April is National Walking Day.*

So, how much walking did you do last Wednesday, 3 April 2019?

All is good. You always have time to do your stepping. National Walking Day is your reminder to keep moving.

Not motivated to walk? Injured? Raining? Cold? Snowing? Sleeting? Yes, it is still cold in my neck of the woods, which is great for the pea seeds in the garden. There is always a bright side.

How do I handle the cold rain, you ask? I will turn the radio on and do some dancing like no one is watching; that is, I will stay indoors to do my “dancing”… or jumping, bouncing, however the music motivates me.

Then I will take my best puppy out for a walk and watch her run circles around me. All the while, adding to my steps count as I also check on the pea bed.

The calendar shows that spring is here to add more light and sunshine to your day even though it may not feel like spring, yet. What will you do with your longer daylight hours?

Best of health to you and goodbye.

*source: American Council on Exercise

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Walking Fun Fact

You use an estimated 200 muscles during walking.*

This is a good reason I love walking.

There are about 640 muscles in the human body or 320 pairs of muscles.

Therefore, doing something like walking, which most of you enjoy, incorporates a good percentage of your body’s named skeletal muscles.

For a total body workout, add some more moves approved by your personal trainer and you have done your workout.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

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*source: American Council on Exercise

Walking Fun Fact

The average walking speed for the typical adult is approximately 3 mph.*

Have you noticed if you usually walk faster or slower than three miles per hour? You may want to figure out your personal average walking speed for your baseline measurement.

You can use this information to help schedule your day, time your workouts and fit activity into the time slot you have left. Walking speed is also good to know when you have appointments that must be met.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

*source: American Council on Exercise

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Eat Your Calories

…don’t drink your calories.

In this age of the smoothie, please, tell me, honestly, what is more satisfying? 1.) a smoothie or 2.) a meal.

Smoothies have their place in our diets; especially, for medical reasons; but, do you really need to drink your calories throughout the entire day?

It is called a beer gut/belly, not a wine gut/belly. Why? Because, if you pay close attention, a serving of beer is larger than a serving of wine. Hmmm. Maybe not true; but, the beer bottle/mug is larger than the wine served in a glass when you are served by a bartender.

Therefore, just like the tips we get to take home part of our meal at a restaurant, maybe we should think about what and how much we are drinking when out and about celebrating.

For the youth, and the rest of us, this holds true for fruit juice. Enjoy your serving of your favorite juice; but, then try having the fruit the rest of the day for the added benefits of fiber and nutrients.

It goes without saying to savor your serving of soda pop and milk shakes, also. Then move on to enjoy the rest of your day.

Best of health to you in the new year and goodbye.

image by: Natalie~Personal Trainer~NAPS 2 B Fit

Best Diets for 2019

Mediterranean and DASH win*

You may already know that the Mediterranean diet and DASH diet are good for you; but, did you know that in some studies and news reports they are the top two diets to follow overall? These diets are approved by your friendly neighborhood personal trainer, also. 🙂

Of course, you want to check with your doctor or other specialist to find what works best for you and what is best for your goals.

This is where things get tricky; but, the DASH and Mediterranean diets are great overall for health and wellness.

Skip google and go to your reliable allied health team sources for the best of anything to do with your health. Please make sure you take good care of yourself for optimal health.

Remember the Arabian proverb: “Those who have health have hope and those who have hope have everything.” How true is that? What is worth more than your health? What price do you put on your optimal health and wellness?

Best of health to you in the new year and goodbye.

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*sources: TODAY and U.S. News & World Report

Youth Activity

Today, less than one out of seven children walk to school. In 1970, two out of three children walked to school.*

I remember someone telling us at a back to school night, that children adjust better than adults. Yes, I will agree; but, that is because the children are not parents and lack life experience.

Does the mama bear jump to her child’s rescue when needed? You bet your life she will and does every time. Is not the same true for us as parents? You bet your life it is and is every time.

So, how do we get more children walking to school, again? There are many concerns to be addressed, which, just may benefit us all.

Is it possible for a parent to adjust their schedule so they can walk to school as a family? I enjoyed walking our children to school and then back home at the end of their day. We made a hiking conference adventure out of our walks and took in all that nature has to offer. During a path construction project we even had the chance to gingerly walk on a log traversing the stream, which also led to making new friends. We were disappointed when the project was finished; because, our balance beam log was removed.

Is it possible to coordinate schedules with other responsible, trusted adults? We all have different schedules that just may work out in your favor. You don’t know until you ask and I bet the other parents are in the same boat, or mama and papa bear cave.

Is it possible to form a walk to school group? This is a great way to make new friends and you have the safety in numbers working for you. This could also be your group exercise session, serving double duty. We would stop along the way to play on swings, slides, etc. Being active will get your children to open up to you, too.

Is it possible to form a walk to school watch group? Talk to people along the walking path to have their eyes and ears open during certain times of the day to help keep an eye on the children. I would nonchalantly do my chores outside with a friendly “hello” and everyone is happy, well and safe.

The benefit for us all? A windfall just may be your best health with a closer family and neighborhood relationship. How great is that? 🙂

Best of health to you and goodbye.

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*source: American Council on Exercise