By Mary Chase
Making More Of Your Fitness Everyday
I’ve been on vacation this past week, out of my normal fitness routine. It has given me time to reflect on all the ways we can be more fit every day, in addition to your allotted “exercise” time. Here are a couple of ideas:
• Walk, park at the edge of the parking lot in order to get a few extra steps in. Even better, we are fortunate enough to live in a small community where we can walk or bike to the necessary amenities in town, so do it. You are supporting the local economy, emitting less fossil fuels, and saving money on gas. Plus, I often discover that a little stroll in the sunshine not only improves my fitness, but allows me to have a great conversation with my family, that wouldn’t of otherwise happened.
• Eat out less, or if you are going to eat out, be more aware of how to make healthier choices. Most establishments will make half orders, which usually are much more in line with an appropriate portion size. Once again, you will save your wallet and your waistline.
• Play, run around like a child. Play Frisbee with your kids. Pretend you are a kid again. I am always amazed by my five year old; she runs everywhere. To the bathroom, to get her shoes on; what a calorie burner! Not to mention the fun factor of getting to play. I’m sure you will learn more about your family than by sitting in front of the television with them. Plus, what better way to teach the younger generation about leading an active lifestyle.
• Grow and eat locally. The vegetables in your garden are much healthier to eat than the packaged or canned version at the store. The food will taste better, and be better for you. In case you aren’t convinced, on your next trip to the grocery store read the labels. Not just the nutritional information, but the actual ingredient list. It’s alarming to read what ingredients are in your packaged food, especially the non-essential foods on the food pyramid.
• Lastly, make social outings with friends that don’t involve food. We live in a state where people come to vacation. Colorado has more days of sunshine than most states in the nation. Go out and enjoy it! Plan a hike. It’s really good multitasking. You are catching up with an old friend, and getting some good quality exercise time in.
I hope this has given you some good ideas to get off the couch and be more fit every day. Happy fitness to all!