Changing for the Better

Now that we’re more than halfway in to 2014, let’s think back to New Year’s Day and your plans for the New Year.  Did you make a resolution to exercise more and eat healthier?  Has your motivation to live a healthier lifestyle waned since then?  If so, there is no better time to jumpstart your health than during the summer months!

We know that change is never easy, but change doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Implementing a lifestyle change (such as increasing your physical activity) may be easier than you think!  The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of daily exercise, five days a week (American Heart Association, 2014).  Don’t worry if you don’t have 30 minutes a day!  Break up your exercise into 10 or 15-minute increments.  Ideas to get moving may include taking a walk on your lunch break, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, putting down the remote and going for a walk or run, playing Frisbee with your kids, throwing a dance party in your living room, or doing anything that keeps your heart rate up!

Regular exercise is a wonderful way to improve you overall health well-being.  In addition to exercising, eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods will supplement your lifestyle change.  The Families, Food and Fitness Community of Practice has numerous recipes and physical activities that can assist you through your journey.  Visit http://www.extension.org/families_food_fitness for more!

Enjoy the summer months and remember to get up, get moving, and have fun!  Hold yourself accountable to the lifestyle change you vowed to make at the start of this year.  There is no time like the present, and what better way to jump-start your summer than with a healthier you.

Reference:

American Heart Association (2014). American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults. Retrieved from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/American-Heart-Association-Recommendations-for-Physical-Activity-in-Adults_UCM_307976_Article.jsp

Written by: Katie Stamper