Tip For Today 02/22/2014

Getting kids to exercise can be a fun experience for the whole family. The benefits of exercising can be quite rewarding and fun! With obesity in children climbing to all time highs now is the time to get everyone involved in their own personal health. Giving your children the foundation to a healthy start in life takes stress off you as a parent. A list of benefits for adults and children are listed below: 

  • Reduces your risk of heart disease, improving blood cholesterol levels and preventing or managing high blood pressure
  • Lowers your risk of diabetes
  • Increases bone strength
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Helps manage stress
  • Improves your ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well
  • Increases muscles’ strength, improving your ability to do other physical activities
  • Improves self-image and overall sense of well-being
  • Establishes good heart-healthy habits for life

Fidget while you work

Did you know that you can increase your physical activity level without taking a single step. The Mayo Clinic has identified a link between being lean and how much you fidget, stand, sit, and recline throughout your typical day. In measuring the movements of 10 lean and 10 mildly obese volunteers, every half second for 24 hours a day, researchers found that the obese subjects sat for an average of two hours more a day than the lean subjects. They also found that the lean subjects racked up a lot of small movements from fidgeting, pacing, and standing, which burned up to an additional 350 calories a day. For three super easy ways to bump up your activity level and burn extra calories:

Stand when you can, sit rather than recline, fidget like there’s no one watching.