Saturday, November 17, 2012

Turn Off the Television and Find Some Things to Do

One of the biggest challenges that people in America face is turning off the television. Besides being honored with the stigma as the fattest nation in the world, we have also gained the title as the laziest. In an effort to help increase awareness and activeness, many organizations all over are coming up with things to do that will encourage people to want to get in shape by being active.
It is no secret that laziness and low amounts of physical activity can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions. In order to lessen your chances of developing them, you need to get off the couch and start moving. Just because you walk from the parking garage at your job to your desk doesn't mean you are getting enough exercise to make a difference. If you are spending more than an hour per day in front of the television, you are not as active as you should be. There are some things to do that will improve your physical health and make you feel much better about yourself.
If you work at a job where you sit at a desk, you should take frequent breaks. Stand up and stretch periodically throughout the day. Sitting for long periods of time is not healthy and can wreak havoc on your health. On your lunch break consider taking a fifteen minute walk to help get the circulation going to your lower extremities.
If you work at a job where you have to engage in large amounts of physical labor or stand for long periods of time, try not to stand in the same position. Move your feet and lift your legs periodically to keep the blood flowing and to prevent numbness. Make sure that you are lifting things properly. Don't attempt to lift something that is too heavy. Anything that you do lift, remember to lift with your knees and ask for help if something is too heavy.
If you have free time on the weekend, don't just sleep the day away. If you feel tired or are low energy, you need to get your body in shape so that you have more energy naturally. This means that you need to find some things to do outside of your of your home. Take a trip to your local museum and learn a little bit about the different cultures. See what activities they have going on that can help you meet and make new friends. Find out more information about stuff that you are interested in and increase your knowledge.
Go to the gym. Even if you don't plan on spending more than an hour working out, that hour is going a long way to improving your health. Initially you may be a little sore, however once your body adjusts to working out on a regular basis, you will find that you have a better mood, healthier body and improved physique. You will be more active because your body has more energy.

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