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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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Thursday, February 4, 2010
30% of boomers feel that their physical health is worse than they expected at this point in their lives.
- 20% say their physical health is what they would like to change the most.
- 89% have done something to fight aging, with heart disease and aging being their two main health concerns.
- Women reported that their most preferred physical activity is walking (35%) and more than half of them walk at least one a week.
- Boomers are the first generation that grew up exercising, and expect to be able to able to exercise well into their 70’s.
Well if that isn’t enough information to motivate you to move, I am not sure what is other than a heart attack. The truth is exercise is a choice and when you choose to move, you will have more energy, sleep better, have better brain function, strengthen your heart and may even lose weight. As little as 10 minutes of walking before and after work can make significant changes.
So here’s my challenge - if you can exercise for one month straight, 5 out of 7 days a week for at least 20 minutes of exercise, e-mail me with your results. I will send you an exercise DVD for your success to get to the next level.
Walk this way ~ 20 minutes a day!
In your forties, fifties, sixties and beyond, it’s important to take the time for yourself. A regular exercise program and healthy diet can help keep your weight down and energy up. The gym is not the only place for exercise. Try these “at the office” exercises:
Pace Your Calls - Instead of sitting down at your next conference call, stand or even pace back and forth while you talk. You might even try holding a squat against the wall while on the phone to burn more calories and tone your legs
Dip Yourself– To help keep your triceps toned, place your hands on the edge of a stationary seat with your knees bent and hips in front of the chair as you bend and straighten your arms. Try to do 10 repetitions each hour for strong shoulders
Find Balance - Trade out your desk chair for a stability ball. Make sure the ball is high enough to have your hips higher than your knees for best posture.
Desk Bow - Stretch up to the sky and bow to your desk. Press your hands down and hips slide back. Feel the stretch in your lower back and shoulders.
Swivel hips - If your chair is on wheels hold onto your desk and lift your feet and you swivel your body side to side. Whittle your waistline away with 10 repetitions on each side morning and afternoon.
Weight a Minute - Yes you can bring some light hand weights into the office. Store them under your desk and when you have a minute, pull them out for side shoulder raises, over head press, or hold them over your head in your chair and lean side to side.
Warrior Stretch - Yoga from your chair is easy. Point one leg away from the desk and other toward it. Reach arms in a “T” position and rotate front to side. Hold each pose for 5 deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
Only you are responsible for your life. Take control and start making those decisions.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Healthy words that begin with “c” charge, change, care, courage, choice, calcium
confidence, can, cardio, Chicago
What I “C” nowadays is that many people know the “R’s” reading, writing and arithmetic,
but they have forgotten their “C’s”
Charge - Charge on ahead to find your passion and dreams. Take charge of your destiny
because you only live once.
Change - Change is as easy as you want it to be.. It’s easy when you want to and
hard when you have to. Make your changes easy!
Care - Caring is the key to love and life. Care for those around you but start with
Courage - Courage in every step forward is important. Those who do not take risks, never
fail. Failure is key to learning and appreciating what you have done.
Choice - Choices are made everyday. Chose to be in the drivers seat and you’ll easily
find your path.
Calcium - No bones about it, calcium is key for not only your bones but for heart
Confidence - Confidence will get you through most situations. Build your base and
confidence is easy. Can do is not only an attitude but a life philosophy; I believe that every cloud has a silver lining.
Cardio - Cardio exercise is simply moving in a continuous motion- whether is dancing,
walking, jumping or boxing, enjoy your cardio and make your heart happy
Chicago - We are no longer the fattest city in the country, so keep up those healthy
habits and keep moving.
If you are looking to get inspired, eat healthy, meet amazing people, exercise, hike, and
be happy, try stopping in at Rancho La Puerta spa in Tacate, Mexico. I am in the middle
of an extended 5 day stay, and I am feeling so refreshed, relaxed, rejuvenated and ready
to take care of myself. We spend so much time taking care of others that we forget on a
day to day basis that everyday there needs to be time for ourselves. The great Mother
Teresa never started her day until 11am; preserving that time just for herself, and look
how much she was able to accomplish.
I am sharing my time here with 15 other amazing women bloggers and learning so much about
the social media global bulletin board. They are sharing their experiences here:
Here are my 5 things you should do at Rancho La Puerta Spa
1) Listen to music
2) Have a body massage
3) Hike through the mountains
4) Taste and eat slowly the cuisine
5) Share your knowledge and experiences with new people- you'll be amazed at what they
share with you.
If you can't get away, remember to take some time for yourself. Plan an hour or at least
10 minutes each day, to breathe, be grateful and move your wonderful body.