Ut Oh! We Are Not Getting Enough Exercise!

Ut Oh! We Are Not Getting Enough Exercise!

Are you on the move enough to reach your fitness goals? Do you know that less than 16% of Americans get the exercise they need?  In the course of an average day, how much exercise or activity do you get

Our Kids Aren’t Exercising Enough Either

About 75% of children age 10-17 are physically active at least 3 days a week and that number drops dramatically to just 35% by high school age.  With obesity on the rise and exercise at an ultimate low, is there hope for a healthy nation?  Where did we go wrong? Is it the advancement of technology and convenience, the lack of physical exercise in schools and the workforce, or just the laziness of Americans and lack of motivation? Maybe it’s a combination of all three, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Three Fast Ways To Get More Exercise

  • Make it a point to walk just 10 min after each meal
  • Park further from the entrance at the store or office, or
  • Take a walk while talking on the phone. 

All of these little movements will add up over time and help you shed the waistline.  

On top of the increased activity, you also need to schedule time to exercise the body.  Exercise is like flossing the joints.  It’s like brushing your teeth—you don’t walk out the door in the morning without brushing, so don’t go through the day without exercising your body.  It is just as much prevention of illness as brushing your teeth prevents cavities.

Check this great fitness on the move video for tips on how to incorporate a short exercise routine that you can easily squeeze into your busy day:

10 Ways To Burn Those Extra Holiday Calories

10 Ways To Burn Those Extra Holiday Calories

On Black Friday, as you fight your way for the sale of the year, do you realize how much activity and walking you do from store to store? The holidays are not all bad when it comes to health habits. We just need to focus on doing more of the good ones! Staying active is not hard to do; you just need to make sure you are doing it…DAILY! Here is an incentive to see how many calories you burn in your daily lifestyle activities. Happy Holiday Shopping!

10 Ways to Burn Those Extra HolidayCalories

(based on a 140- to 150-pound person)

  • Decorating house or tree using ladders
    • 1 hr: 300 calories
  • Walking while shopping
    • 2.0 mph for 1 hr: 200 calories
  • Writing cards or thank you notes
    • 2 hrs: 150 calories
  • Holiday baking/cooking
    • 1 hr: 159-195 calories
  • Re-arranging furniture
    • 30 min: 240 calories
  • Chopping wood
    • 1 hour: 500 calories
  • Grocery shopping
    • 1 hr: 146 calories
  • Vacuuming
    • 22 min: 150 calories
  • Dusting
    • 30 min: 40 calories
  • Dancing
    • 1 hr: 300 calories

So MOVE your way into a healthy holiday and feel good about your holiday chore list!

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Exercise Benefits You Probably Didn’t Know

Exercise Benefits You Probably Didn’t Know

It’s common knowledge that exercise helps with weight loss, reduces the risk of many diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, and builds bone strength. But what are some other exercise benefits that are not as frequently mentioned? Get motivated with these added bonuses.

Five Exercise Benefits You Probably Didn’t Know

IMPROVES MOOD
Need a pick me up? Exercise produces endorphins, which increase happiness. It also increases levels of serotonin in the brain, which can lead to a person feeling calmer and the ability to handle stress better. So the next time you feel the blues coming on… Get moving!

BETTER COGNITION
Starting each day with exercise can make you smarter. Exercise gets the brain moving and helps it supply more oxygen and nutrients to support optimal functioning. Studies have shown that people who exercise are more productive at work so if you are having trouble concentrating or solving a complex problem, a quick jog around the block might do you a world of good. Exercise that mind and you can cut the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and senility, too!

FEWER SICK DAYS
Exercise keeps you from being sick by bolstering your immune system and helping the body to fight off simple bacterial and viral infections. It helps flush bacteria out of the lungs, sending antibodies and white blood cells through the body quicker, and slowing the release of stress-related hormones.

SLEEP REGULATION
Working up a sweat when you exercise can help you hit the sheets harder at bedtime. People who exercise regularly have more energy during the day, fall asleep faster, and sleep more soundly at night. The endorphins created by exercise help you power through the day, and the increased stamina and strength will help everyday tasks seem easier to accomplish. Sleeping well is truly an exercise benefit that can help boost your ability to perform all of your daily tasks.

If you really want to supercharge the benefits of exercise, combine your workouts with a nutrition plan that includes great tasting, all-natural foods, such as free-range meats, whole grains, organic fruits and vegetables, and of course, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters.