7 Ways To Stay Fit Outdoors

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By Sam Jones

familywalk2Do you love the great outdoors? There are plenty of ways to stay active and healthy while getting some fresh air. If you’re like most people with busy schedules, here are seven great ideas you can incorporate into your day to maintain better health.

1.) HIKING – In the technology age, nothing can be as refreshing and satisfying as going out for a hike. With a good pair of hiking shoes you can take yourself anywhere you want to go. Finding the right pair is a match-making process, as it should be. You will be relying on those shoes for the long haul. As mentioned in REI, you should choose wisely, and consider the importance of appropriate socks, aftermarket insoles, and breaking in your boots before planning that first trip.

2.) BIKING – Going for bike rides can be a quick, convenient, and not to mention great way to surround yourself with nature. For rocky terrain, a good mountain bike with spring based suspension is highly recommended. For city workouts, you might consider a single speed bike for getting lower body and aerobic workouts. If you’re looking online for a great custom bike, check out Brooklyn Bicycle Co. They’ve got a great Buy & Ride program that will ship to a local dealer near you.

3.) INLINE SKATING – Also known as ‘rollerblading’ and popular in the 1980s and 1990s, grab a pair of skates and get moving! As noted by LiveStrong, going rollerblading promotes muscular endurance and can burn 913 calories in a single hour for an average 160 pound individual. It’s further noted to be a low impact exercise on the cardiovascular system because the activity itself promotes a gentle circulatory workout while burning fat.

4.) ROWING – Why use an indoor rowing machine at the gym when you can get out on the lake? At least for when the weather permits, as the movement of rowing exercises the entire body for a great cardio workout. In fact, HarpersBazaar notes that rowing is one of the most efficient exercises for working out all of the muscle groups.

2.) ROCK CLIMBING – Great for isometric and upper body workouts. It’s recommended to search for experienced climbing instructors first before you attempt more expert rock climbing locations. That way you can plan a few rock climbing sessions in advance, learn about the proper safety equipment, and hone your technique. You can find a list of world rock climbing gyms over at Indoorclimbing.com if you’re interested in scheduling regular sessions.

6.) SWIMMING – If you like the water and don’t mind getting wet, swimming is the perfect way to round your outdoor workouts. The cardiovascular benefits, on top of getting a full body workout, is worth adding to a daily or weekly routine. You could do a search for your nearest YMCA or search local Facebook groups if you don’t have a pool at home, or access to a local community lake association.

7.) YOGA – Saving one of the greatest fitness activities for last, since most people might not associate yoga with outdoor fitness. Indeed, this is the case! It is preferable to be outdoors, breathing fresh air, and connecting with nature in its natural environment. Yoga postures help both with isometrics and circulating Qi throughout the body.

It’s often easy to get caught up in the hectic work week. By making sure to keep outdoor fitness as part of your daily or weekly routine, your body will thank you for it!

How To Keep Fit In The New Year

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By Michael Peggs

partycelebrateWorking in the world of sports, you are surrounded by examples of the value of staying fit. At the same time, your job can be a stressful one, and it may seem that there’s never enough time in the day to cross everything off your “to do” list. With email messages to answer, calls to return, and both virtual and in-person meetings, it’s easy to let your own fitness goals take a back seat to the needs of your manager or clients. With a new year just ahead, this is the perfect time to move your fitness goals back to the top of your list of priorities.

Here’s one fitness hack for the new year that will be the foundation of becoming healthier and more effective in your role: walk. It’s simple and free. A quick walk on your lunch hour can improve your mood, help you lose weight, and even sharpen your memory! You can do it anywhere, without “suiting up”—even in your dress shoes. There are insoles that you can add to your shoes to help you make the most of every step. Available for women and men, supportive Spenco insoles fit into just about every type of shoe and can be your secret weapon in getting fit. (They’ll also take the pressure off, literally, of your hard-working feet.)

Begin the year by adding one 10-minute walk to each workday. Walking gives you time alone—a precious commodity in our wired world. For the first few weeks of walking, I suggest you go “cold turkey” and leave behind your iPod and your cell phone. If your job requires that you keep your phone with you at all times, turn it to silent for ten minutes. Ten minutes of walking will pay dividends as it helps you clear your mind and be more effective when you return to your desk.

The benefits of walking are both immediate and long-term. If you work six days a week, at the end of your first week you will have walked for an hour in total. While you may not be able to carve an hour out of your daily schedule, taking ten minutes at a time is an exercise in setting boundaries: claim those ten minutes as your own—not to be interrupted—and schedule a reminder on your phone. When your colleagues see a more relaxed version of you, standing straighter and breathing easier, they may even suggest setting up the type of “walking meetings” that are favored by the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter. Walking meetings are indeed effective, but be sure to keep your 10-minute daily walks for yourself, to help you meet your fitness goals and become increasingly effective in your career.

– Michael Peggs is the founder of content marketing agency and SEO agency Marccx Media, where they specialize in SEO and Content Marketing. Before Marcxx, Peggs worked at Google in business development, forming digital media and advertising partnerships. He is also a blogger and podcaster, hosting the iTunes Top 10 New & Noteworthy podcast You University – The Personal Branding Podcast.

Oh, No!…Another Total, Nuclear, Ballistic Screaming Fit, Here’s A Battle Plan

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By Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.

kidsjumpingYou’re in your least favorite aisle of the grocery store: Aisle 5. That’s the candy aisle. Your four-year-old daughter is screaming at you full blast because she’s very upset that you will not allow her to have the candy bar she had sweetly pointed out. She’s stuck in the cart, but you’re sure she can be heard throughout the store. It feels like a crowd is slowly gathering to see how you’re going to handle the situation.

Of all the behavioral problems parents face from their children, temper tantrums are probably the most upsetting as well as the hardest to manage-especially in public. Major meltdowns may also be the most potent tool kids have when it comes to training their parents to do what the children want. Moms and dads who fear tantrums have an extremely difficult time maintaining control of their own children-at home and away.

Kids’ meltdowns often produce a painful feeling of temporary insanity in parents. This awful feeling, in turn, can produce horrible screaming matches and sometimes even physical abuse. But the next time you are faced with a child’s tantrum, consider making two new and drastic changes-one in the way you think and the other in what you do.

What To Think

Drastic change #1 is understanding meltdowns differently. Tantrums are normal. They occur most frequently in children ages about one to five. Kids’ tantrums are usually a reaction to good parenting (setting rules and boundaries and sticking with them), not a sign that mom or dad has done something wrong.

The kids want a lollipop at 6:30 a.m.; they don’t want to go to bed at 9 p.m.; or they want to play Angry Birds right at dinnertime. Since parents can’t–and shouldn’t–give children everything the youngsters want, the kids will often protest by grumbling, whining or by throwing a tantrum. The critical issue here is what a parent does if the child “decides” to blow up.

What To Do

That brings us to drastic change #2. Surprisingly, talking and reasoning after a child starts grumbling or protesting are sure ways to bring on a meltdown! Why? Because children perceive parents’ reasons and explanations as parental whimpering-sure signs that the parent doesn’t know what he or she is doing. Usually the kids are correct in this assessment! Often parents are, in fact, bewildered and confused by kids’ meltdowns. The older folks just want the yelling to stop. So? So, sensing weakness in mom or dad’s resolve, the kids decide to go for the gold (whatever it is they want at the time) and they blast away. Parental whimpering makes meltdowns worse. Parents need a Battle Plan that focuses on gentle but decisive actions–not words.

The absolutely necessary alternative to whimpering is “Checking Out” and utilizing the “10-Second Rule.” When a child whines or melts down after a denied request, the parent has 10 seconds to gently disengage. No talking, no eye contact, and increase physical distance as much as possible. Parents’ checking out will surprise and bewilder the little ones initially. For some children, brief consequences may also be helpful. But soon the kids will begin to realize that tantrums get them only one thing: Nothing.

Can you apply these strategies in public as well as at home? Not only can you, you must! Feeble attempts at reasoning or distraction in a restaurant or grocery store will bring on World War III in no time at all.

If you are fed up with kids’ meltdowns and all the useless yelling, arguing, begging and pleading that accompanies them, use this brief, easy-to-learn and effective approach and enjoy the results.

– To request a review copy of Tantrums, to arrange an interview with Tom Phelan, to receive cover and/or interior art, or for any additional information, please contact Kate Bandos at KSB Promotions: 800-304-3269, 616-676-0758 or kate@ksbpromotions.com.

Oh, No!…Another Total, Nuclear, Ballistic Screaming Fit

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By Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.

Here’s a Battle Plan

kidsjumpingYou’re in your least favorite aisle of the grocery store: Aisle 5. That’s the candy aisle. Your four-year-old daughter is screaming at you full blast because she’s very upset that you will not allow her to have the candy bar she had sweetly pointed out. She’s stuck in the cart, but you’re sure she can be heard throughout the store. It feels like a crowd is slowly gathering to see how you’re going to handle the situation.

Of all the behavioral problems parents face from their children, temper tantrums are probably the most upsetting as well as the hardest to manage—especially in public. Major meltdowns may also be the most potent tool kids have when it comes to training their parents to do what the children want. Moms and dads who fear tantrums have an extremely difficult time maintaining control of their own children—at home and away.

Kids’ meltdowns often produce a painful feeling of temporary insanity in parents. This awful feeling, in turn, can produce horrible screaming matches and sometimes even physical abuse. But the next time you are faced with a child’s tantrum, consider making two new and drastic changes—one in the way you think and the other in what you do.

What To Think

Drastic change #1 is understanding meltdowns differently. Tantrums are normal. They occur most frequently in children ages about one to five. Kids’ tantrums are usually a reaction to good parenting (setting rules and boundaries and sticking with them), not a sign that mom or dad has done something wrong.

The kids want a lollipop at 6:30 a.m.; they don’t want to go to bed at 9 p.m.; or they want to play Angry Birds right at dinnertime. Since parents can’t—and shouldn’t—give children everything the youngsters want, the kids will often protest by grumbling, whining or melting down. The critical issue here is what a parent does if the child “decides” to blow up.

What To Do

That brings us to drastic change #2. Surprisingly, talking and reasoning after a child starts grumbling or protesting are sure ways to bring on a meltdown! Why? Because children perceive parents’ reasons and explanations as parental whimpering—sure signs that the parent doesn’t know what he or she is doing.

Usually the kids are correct in this assessment! Often parents are, in fact, bewildered and confused by kids’ meltdowns. The older folks just want the yelling to stop. So? So, sensing weakness in mom or dad’s resolve, the kids decide to go for the gold (whatever it is they want at the time) and they blast away.

Parental whimpering makes meltdowns worse. Parents need a Battle Plan that focuses on gentle but decisive actions—not words.

groupkidswbgThe absolutely necessary alternative to whimpering is “Checking Out” and utilizing the “10-Second Rule.” When a child whines or melts down after a denied request, the parent has 10 seconds to gently disengage. No talking; no eye contact; and increase physical distance as much as possible. Parents’ checking out will surprise and bewilder the little ones initially. For some children, brief consequences may also be helpful. But soon the kids will begin to realize that tantrums get them only one thing: Nothing.

Can you apply these strategies in public as well as at home? Not only can you, you must! Feeble attempts at reasoning or distraction in a restaurant or grocery store will bring on World War III in no time at all.

If you are fed up with kids’ meltdowns and all the useless yelling, arguing, begging and pleading that accompanies them, use this brief, easy-to-learn and effective approach and enjoy the results.

– Dr. Thomas Phelan is a clinical psychologist and the author of 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 (1.5 million copies sold). His newest book, Tantrums! Managing Meltdowns in Public and Private (ISBN: 978-1-889140-69-8) will be officially released September 1, 2014. Visit 123magic.com for more information.

How Do The Fit Stay Fit?

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It’s the million-dollar question: How do the fit stay fit?

womanpushupAt Bodybuilding.com, we’re uniquely qualified to know the constellation of factors, which separate the successful from the unsuccessful when it comes to fitness. That’s because we have BodySpace, with 8.2 million registered members, it’s the largest social media site in the world. It’s also a vast data pool that amounts to the world’s largest fitness study, a research effort that we refer to as the Strength in Numbers Study.

Our Strength in Numbers findings are based on BodySpace members who actively make progress toward their stated goal, whether it’s weight gain or loss. If you move toward your goal on BodySpace, we consider that fitness success.

The majority of fit individuals don’t spend hours in the gym, live on a diet of cabbage, or nit-pick the optimum amount of holy water to achieve immortality. Instead, fit people share a set of outrageously simple and positivity-reinforcing habits. These are the eight habits of highly successful fit people, according to the first major batch of our Strength in Numbers data:

* Highly successful fit people track their workout – Research says that people who track their workouts are 3.7 times more likely to have success towards their fitness goals.

* Highly successful fit people find a plan and stick to it – Research says that once a person completes week 6 of a 12-week program, they are 47% more likely to finish the trainer than when they’ve only completed up to week 5.

* Highly successful fit people post progress pictures – Research says that people who post progress pictures are 3.2 times more likely to have success towards their fitness goals.

* Highly successful fit people seek and share motivation – Research says that 50% of people who posted to fitBoard have success towards their fitness goals.

* Highly successful fit people make fitness social – Research says BodySpace members with 10 to 30 friend connections find success toward their goals 37% more than members with only 1 to 9 friends.

* Highly successful fit people constantly learn – Research says people who have success toward their fitness goals read an average of 7 Bodybuilding.com articles per month.

* Highly successful fit people regularly visit fitness sites – Research says people who have success toward their fitness goals return to Bodybuilding.com an average of 8 days per month.

* Highly successful fit people take supplements – Research says the most successfully fit people take foundational supplements to keep their bodies at peak condition.

New habits must be formed, changes must be made, and reproducible motivation must roar to life. Everyone walks their own path toward their goals, but simple daily habits that reinforce eating better, exercising regularly, and sleeping more still lay the groundwork for a fit life.

For more information on bodybuilding.com, please visit us on the web.

– Submitted by Allison Kim

Smart Ways For Nannies To Stay Fit

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girlappleIf you’re like most nannies, staying fit while spending your days caring for kids is a hard task. Your hours are long, and heading off to the gym is usually the last thing you want to do when you get home in the evening. Your eating habits probably don’t help either. Meals usually consist of whatever’s close at hand, which typically means prepackaged food that doesn’t fit into your ideal menu. The good news is you can make small lifestyle changes that can make a big difference. Here are some ideas to get you on the right track.

Make a real commitment to yourself. One of the biggest obstacles to staying fit is putting your need to lead a healthy life above the constant pull you feel from other people and their demands on your time and attention. If you let it happen, there will always be something that needs to get done before you work out or take time to prepare a healthy meal. Make a commitment to take care of yourself before you do anything else.

Work out in the morning before you start work. You already get up early just to get to work on time, so waking up even earlier to work out may seem like a stretch. But before you dismiss an early morning workout, do the math. If you leave early to hit a gym or pool close to your employer’s home, chances are you’ll miss the daily commuter traffic. That saved time can offset the time you invest in your workout. Even if you won’t save time by working out in the morning, there are plenty of other benefits to doing so, such as increased energy first thing in the morning and throughout the day. At the end of the day, you can barely make it to your couch. Before the day begins, you’re ready to tackle the gym, track or pool. Plus, exercising first thing in the morning boosts your mood and energy for the rest of the day.

Get your kids involved in the workout. If you care for older kids, think of ways to exercise during the day with them. They’re supposed to engage in at least one hour of physical activity each day, so you have a built-in reason to make exercise a priority. Go for a bike ride on the local trail. Head out for a hike at the community arboretum. Play a game of basketball in the backyard. There are lots of things that you and your charges can do that are fun and will help you get you in great shape.

girljogTake advantage of breaks during the day. If your charge naps or goes to school during the day, take that time to fit in a workout. Work out with a DVD or hop on the elliptical machine for 30 minutes. You’ll still have plenty of time to get your other jobs, like laundry, straightening up and meal prep, done.

Find activities that you enjoy. Working out doesn’t mean you have to be tied to the gym. There are lots of fun things you can do in the evenings and on weekends that will burn calories and build strength and flexibility. If you don’t have a favorite sport, try out different things until you find one you really connect with. You might enjoy bike riding, hiking, kayaking, Zumba, tennis, swimming or a host of other sports. Don’t expect to be good at your new sport right at the beginning. It takes a while to become even somewhat skilled at something new. Just have fun and know your body is getting a workout at the same time.

Make healthy food choices. Often, your personal food choices include things you wouldn’t feed to your charges. Being a nanny means being busy all day, so you go for what’s quick and easy, even when those things work against your goal of staying fit. Instead, take the time to plan out your meals and include foods that are tasty and will fuel your body. By bringing a day’s worth of ready-to-eat healthy meals and snacks with you to work, you won’t be tempted to grab whatever’s close because you’re short on time or energy.

Sit down to eat. Meal time often means you’re juggling 10 different things all at once. No matter how busy you are, it’s important to slow down and take 15 or 20 minutes to sit down and eat lunch. This allows you to really be conscious of what and how much you’re eating. It also lets your body stay connected to your feelings of hunger and fullness.

Staying fit while working as a nanny is a tough task, but not one that’s impossible. With a real commitment and some smart planning, you can make it happen.

– Submitted by Sonny Giffin of NannyWebsites.com

Visualization – Bringing Fitness To A Higher Level

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By Jana Hollingsworth

joggersEver wonder how professional athletes get ready for their big day? Whether it’s a marathon, boxing match, or weight lifting competition, competitors find that using visualization can be extremely helpful in reaching their goals. I know coaches who work with athletes and have them envisioning crossing the finish line first or perhaps knocking out their opponent. Whatever goal it may be, in or out of the fitness realm, visualization is a wonderful tool!

When I did my first Figure competition, I envisioned myself making the “top 5” and it worked! By the time I did my second competition, I was visualizing first place and it happened! Visualization can be a very powerful tool!

Whatever your goals, visualization can be very helpful in attaining them. Here are some examples how it can work for you:

Running your first marathon. After you make the commitment to run the race, write your commitment on paper. Once this is completed, set small goals for yourself to accomplish each week (i.e. I will run “x” amount of miles this week at “x” amount of time for each mile I run.”) After you have written your goals down, take a few minutes to visualize yourself accomplishing these goals. Once you’ve gone through it in your mind, it will be easier to do the physical portion of it.

saladStart eating a healthy diet. Think about the reasons you want to change your diet and write them down on paper. Then, commit to a particular goal each week and write that down as well. Once you are clear on the reasons you want to eat healthy and have your goals in place, visualize what your life will look like once you clean up your diet (i.e. week 1 you commit to cleaning out all junk food in the house. Sit quietly and visualize going through all your cupboards and refrigerator and tossing everything into the garbage. Write down how you feel after envisioning yourself performing the task. If you get a positive feeling, you know you are ready to tackle it for real!

Signing up for a new class at the gym. It’s totally understandable to have some fear around joining a new class at the gym. Will I make a fool of myself, are the steps going to be hard to learn, will I be able to do it? These are some of the questions that may be rolling around in your mind. My suggestion would be to watch the class a few times. Then, visualize yourself walking into the room and selecting a certain spot. From there, you can visualize the basics of the class (how the teacher starts the class, certain steps she does, and maybe how she ends the class). Once you have that picture in your head, picture yourself moving through the class with grace and ease!

The more you can visualize yourself being successful when you are setting goals for yourself, the easier it will be to attain them! Don’t let fear stand in your way. Visualize some big goals for yourself and reach for the stars with confidence!
Bio:

Jana Hollingsworth is a gifted Power Coach, Author, and award-winning Fitness Competitor. Jana is a sought-after radio guest and a well known workshop leader in Intuitive development. She blends her knowledge of intuitive power with her dedication to health and fitness to create a mind, body, soul approach to her coaching sessions.

How To Stay Healthy At The Workplace

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By Grace Bailey

operatorsWhoever goes to work (and we all know that almost everybody does) knows how difficult it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle while at the workplace. Especially if one’s work is in an office. The sedentary day at work makes it hard for one take care of his/her body. However, there are ways out of this situation. One just needs to be devoted to the idea of staying healthy at the workplace and results are sure to follow.

1. Leave coffee behind
It’s almost everybody’s habit to start the day with a cup of strong coffee. Even though this caffeine drink gives us a temporary high, it is sure to make you crash later on. This will affect not only your concentration, productivity and energy but will also make you want more and more coffee. And, with time, this will lead to dependency and fatigue. Something as simple as water can refresh you. And if you happen to need a little more energy, eat an orange. What’s also bad about coffee is the fact that it is usually loaded with a ton of sugar or some other sweetener. If you really can’t imagine your day without a cup of coffee, make it more like a cup of milk with a little coffee.

2. Have breakfast
By all means do! A lot of people start the day at the office with nothing more than a cigarette and some coffee. Needless to say, this is bad for you. The body needs energy to start the day properly and that energy could be provided by a nice morning meal. A toast or two, a bowl of oatmeal or some fruits. Whatever rocks your boat. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it is food. You wouldn’t want to collapse onto your keyboard, right?

3. Stick to healthy snacks
As snacks play a vital role during one’s working day (after all, everybody gets hungry in between meals, right) do your best to make these snacks be as healthy as possible. Forget about the various types of bagged junk food. Not only it doesn’t satisfy your hunger, but it is also not ‘clean’ at all, but rather filled with all types of preservatives. Smart choices would be a mix of different nuts – almonds, peanuts, walnuts, etc., as well as fruits – apples, bananas, pears and so on.

4. Mind the lunch
healthysaladUnless your company has a cafeteria, where nice, freshly cooked meals are served, it would be way better for you to pack your lunch. Devote thirty to sixty minutes a day to prepare yourself a nice lunch meal for the next day at work. It is definitely worth it. In any case, it is way better than a mayonnaise-covered hot dog from a nearby stand.

5. Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of liquids. However, try to avoid sweetened carbonated drinks the best you can. Again, water is the best choice. Or freshly squeezed fruits, if your workplace’s kitchen area has the proper appliances.

6. Move
Of course, that doesn’t mean you should leave your workplace for a walk in the nearby park. Just grant yourself a couple of minutes each hour to get up and pace around the office or the corridor. With sedentary types of work, this practice is obligatory. However, if leaving the workplace whenever one decides is not allowed at your job, do plenty of stretching while sitting on your chair. Stretch your arms, legs and back. Something like office yoga. Also, you should rest your eyes from time to time. Staring into the computer screen could be really tiring for them. Two minutes looking out the window each hour is something you can easily do to protect your eyesight.

– Grace is a housewife and writer keen on flowers, Italian food and healthy house organizing. You can also enjoy her tips and suggestions for creating a better home and Hackney removals.

Keep Your Child Fit With Physical Activities

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kidsarmsupFrom Your Health Journal…..”I found a great article today from an online publication called The Leadership written by Rakuat Ahmed-Yusuf called Keep Your Child Fit With Physical Activities. The article begins by discussing how children need exercise as much as adults need it. Children innately love to play and run, which gives them the opportunity to stay fit and healthy. Most experts recommend at least one hour of physical activity each day, which many children are not getting. It is crucial to enhanced health, fighting obesity, reducing heart disease, cancer, bones weakness, and type 2 diabetes. They have better self esteem and more confident. Modern day technology has played a large role in creating a sedentary generation, whose life expectancy may be shorter than their parents if they are not careful. The author then gives some valuable tips / suggestions to assist parents in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for their children. Please visit The Leadership web site to read the complete article. It was very enjoyable, and I would love to bring traffic to their site. The link is provided below.”

From the article…..

Like adults, children need exercise. Children love to jump, climb and play games. These outdoor activities give them the chance to burn some energy, develop coordination and build their strength and confidence. Exercise and physical activities are two important factors in childhood development.

At least, one hour of physical activity everyday keeps the kids healthy. Regular exercise helps children to reduce stress, maintain healthy weight, and build healthy bones, muscles and joints. A recent research found that exercise can help reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes in children. It also helps them to sleep well at night, feel better about themselves, and even feel more ready to learn in school.

Unfortunately, children these days spend more of their time watching TV, which reduces the time they spend running and playing. As kids spend more time inside, it makes them less and therefore exposing them to risk of being overweight, feeling tired and lazy, and losing muscle tone. Parents have a very important role to play, by encouraging their children to engage in exercises regularly.

They should also try as much as possible to limit their video games, TV and computer time activities.
There are specific guidelines to follow when considering the kind of exercise for children, as age matters a lot.

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Spread Your Activities Throughout The Day

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From Your Health Journal…..”I found a great article/interview today by Irene Maher of the Tampa Bay Times that I wanted to promote here. I hope you all visit the Tampa Bay Times site (link provided below) to read this great article about keeping active throughout the day. Experts state one key to healthier lifestyle is to make your entire day more active by building movement into your day. It is a habit best started as early as possible. This is so important. I know for myself, I do try to make physical activity a big part of my day by taking steps, doing extra chores, walking from place to place, always going outside for fresh air, making more walks to the bathroom at work…..etc. I feel it helps to keep me fresh and vibrant, and not stiffening up. So many people spend a big part of their day sitting and just being very sedentary, so getting up and about is very important for many people. We know that heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States, and many young children already suffer from risk factors for heart disease, so change is needed. Please visit the Tampa Bay Times / ABC News site to read the complete article.

From the article…..

How do you get in shape and stay in shape? Experts say the real key is to make your entire lifestyle more active by building movement into your day. It is a habit best started as early as possible.

To find out more, we talked with Lisa Witherspoon, co-director of the Active Gaming Research Laboratories at the University of South Florida.

Anything with “gaming” in the title might sound like fun, but her specialty could hardly be more serious: getting kids moving.

Americans of all ages spend too much time on their backsides, and lots of experts think that’s a major cause of the obesity epidemic and a growing list of attendant maladies.

But Witherspoon will not tell you and your kids to put down your beloved electronic devices. Her research centers on finding ways to use technology to increase physical activity.

The interview:

Q: What happens, physically, to inactive people?

A: The first and most obvious result is obesity or weight gain. Also well-documented are the problems inactivity causes related to heart disease — blood pressure, cholesterol, circulation, heart rate, diabetes. Bones lose density, putting you at risk for fractures and osteoporosis. Muscle strength declines, limiting you physically so you’re not able to do as much, even just around the house. Balance and coordination decline also as muscle strength declines. Basically, if you don’t move, you’re slowly killing your body.

Q: Why are some kids running around all the time and others seem glued to the TV?

A: It has a great deal to do with parents and other role models at home. If the parents aren’t active, chances are the kids won’t be active. Many schools are eliminating or reducing physical education and recess time. So, if they aren’t getting it at home or at school, it’s no surprise that kids are becoming accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle.

Q: Do parents only need to worry about activity if their child is overweight or obese?

A: Kids who are not active are at a major disadvantage for their health. This isn’t about being fat or skinny. We want them healthy so their bones and their hearts, their muscles and their lungs are strong. Active people live longer, have fewer health problems, less pain and live independently longer.

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