Make some healthy lifestyle changes!
Food, stress, lifestyle and mindset are part of a healthy lifestyle and are a great way to make sure you live a long and happy life. They are incomplete if you don’t get up and move. We’ve talked a bit about exercise already so let’s take a quick look at two more important elements of exercise.
- Burn at least 1100 calories each week – Find an exercise program, team, or club that supports you to get rid of your extra weight and your belly fat. Scientists at Duke University learned that when people burn 1100 calories a week, it prevents the accumulation of belly fat. This is the most dangerous type of fat for both men and women. It causes systemic inflammation and heart disease.
- Lift weights – In addition to burning 1100 calories a week, add strength training to your workout. Performing regular weight bearing exercises strengthens bones in women and helps prevent osteoporosis. Doing these exercises regularly also lowers blood pressure and reduces your risk of stroke. Strength training has also been shown to provide cognitive benefits, and it can relieve stress!
- There is a huge benefit as well in feeling more fit and toned and noticing your clothes are fitting differently. Exercising regularly and noticing changes can be very motivating to continue on your exercise program. Sometimes life gets in the way for all of us, and we all fall off the exercise wagon. It’s important not to be discouraged and just to get back on track as soon as possible again.
Pulling It All Together
With these past few posts, you now have many different ways to lengthen your life. It might look like an overwhelming list. However, anything is manageable when you take it step-by-step. Identify one item on the list and create a plan to integrate it into your life. Once it has become a habit and you feel ready, add another healthy change to your life.
Consider starting with something that you know you can achieve. For example, maybe you make an appointment to get an annual check-up. That’s easy enough to accomplish. As you begin to modify your lifestyle and embrace healthy habits, you’ll feel more confident in your ability to make big changes. You’ll feel empowered to take the necessary steps to live a long and healthy life!
Make Major Improvements in Your Life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC