Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Stand Up for Your Health

I won't bore you with all the details that fascinate me, but I was just reading an article citing research that gives us this great little nugget:

if you find yourself at a desk for long periods of time (hello, corporate America)...just the act of standing up periodically can improve your overall health and might even help slim your waistline.

The suggested dose of "periodically" was every half-hour. It doesn't say you have to stand up and walk two flights of stairs. Just stand up.

Myself, I would add a little stretch. Ward off carpal tunnel syndrome, you know. Stand up and gently shake out your fingers and wrists. Or extend your arm and gently pull your fingers back toward your body. Do this on each hand just to keep balanced. Either way, count to 10-Mississippi while you do it. Then get back to work.

Repeat every 30 minutes and let me know how you feel at the end of the week.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What Motivates Healthy Choices?

Greetings. Forgive my absence. Or don't. ;)
Either way, I have a question for you: if you already have a healthy lifestyle routine, what motivates you to stay on it? and if you don't, what would motivate you to stick with one?
I talk to a lot of people who share with me that they would like to lose weight. I get the feeling from many of them that what they are sharing is not a new thought. It's probably something they have tried and left and come back to time and again. It can seem like an endless battle.
And if you agree, I would suggest that therein lies the first hurdle to motivating someone to stick with any fitness program. If making health, weight management, general fitness, and overall well-being choices is treated as a battle, chore, nightmare, requirement, job, "to-do," burden, drudgery, "have to," etc. - can anyone really be motivated to do it long enough to feel it make a difference? If you're one of those rarities who just "sucks it up" and gets it done, this may not concern you right now. But for some of us, a little reprogramming might be beneficial.
Instead of telling ourselves "I really should get off of this couch," let's try thinking, "It feels good to get up and stretch!" Instead of "Gotta go to the gym," try "I can't wait to get movin' around!" Instead of "(Groan) I'll have to do like a million crunches to make up for that brownie," - which doesn't work by the way - try thinking "That dessert really satisfied my sweet tooth - I'm going to skip that 2:30 candy bar."
Choices. Health and well-being = moment-by-moment choices. Think positively about being healthy, and it's easier to make healthy choices.
But just in case I'm wrong, don't quote me on that! ;)