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Health & Wellness Tip of the Week 9/17-9/23/12

- Posted in Health & Wellness Tips

Become More Active Every Day


We recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week at a moderate-intensity level. Moderate-intensity activity causes a slightly increased rate of breathing and heart rate.  It can be described as feeling “light” to “somewhat hard”.

Easy ways to add this type of activity to your daily routine:

  • Park the car farther away from your destination.
  • Get on or off the bus several blocks away.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
  • Take fitness breaks instead of cigarette or coffee breaks. Walk, stretch or do some office exercises.
  • Perform gardening, yard work, heavy house cleaning, or home-repair activities.
  • Avoid labor-saving devices; turn off the self-propel option on your lawn mower or vacuum cleaner, and hide all of your TV remotes.
  • Exercise while watching TV. For example, use hand weights, a stationary bike or treadmill, stretch, or perform body-weight exercises such as crunches, push-ups and squats.
  • Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes in your car and office. You’ll be ready for activity wherever you go!
  • Walk while doing errands.

Benefits of Exercise:  Besides making you feel better, regular exercise lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol, reduces stress and prevents Type II diabetes.