In the late 20th century, along came aerobics, isometrics, Richard Simmons, Dr. Atkins, and a nonstop barrage of exercise gadgets, all of which have left the average person dazed, confused, and in worse shape then ever! So what really works? Here are some helpful tips for getting in shape and becoming a healthier person.
A brisk 30-minute walk while enjoying the sunset will burn 1,500 calories per week -- that's 78,000 calories a year! Cardio is great for your heart and lungs, but add a couple sessions of weight training to tone or build muscle.
Play basketball, chase a Frisbee, or hike the hills together. You'll be getting closer to each other as you shape up.
It's a great workout anytime. Set a goal of skipping rope for ten minutes per day and watch those love handles melt away.
Knowing that someone is waiting is great motivation to get on with a work out. You'll also have a ready-made spotter.
Check out the aerobics programs at your local pool. Exercising in water relieves stress on the joints and back.
Walk around outside on your breaks. When in front of a computer, sit up and pull in your abs.
It is better to eat six small meals a day than three large meals. The smaller the meal, the less your stomach will stretch.
Avoid tobacco, excess alcohol, and illegal drugs. These are bad for health and can also inhibit weight loss.
Skipping breakfast is a method of dieting for many people. But studies have found that people who eat breakfast are actually less likely to be obese.
When eating, chew food slowly. Relish it and pay attention to flavors and taste. The longer you chew, the fuller you'll feel!
Start your day early. Rising with the sun helps reset your body's clock. This builds better sleep patterns so you're energized all day.
Poor emotional health can weaken your body's immune system. Don't ignore what's going on in your heart and mind. It is healthy to acknowledge your emotions.
A common cause of tooth loss after age 35 is gum disease. Keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of plaque by brushing and flossing every day.
Keep fruits and vegetables on the front shelves of your refrigerator so they are easy to get to when you reach for a snack!
Stress can cause or aggravate many health conditions. So, don't sweat the small stuff!
Knowing your family's health history can help you stay healthy. Many diseases are hereditary and preventable with early screening.
Depression is a serious illness that needs to be treated. It's not your fault, so you shouldn't be afraid to talk to a doctor for help.
Lack of sleep causes stress on the body. It increases cortisol and insulin, promoting fat storage and making weight loss difficult.
For women, the best time to perform a breast self-examination is the week after your menstrual period, when breast tissue is less tender and swollen.
Many have commended the benefits of a good 30- to 45-minute nap a day to keep refreshed and lower stress. Try it -- it doesn't mean you've passed your use-by date!
Sing your heart out! It doesn't matter what you sound like! In the shower, in the car, or wherever you are, sing out loud. It's a great stress reliever.
While it's important to do a good job and take care of responsibilities, life is also meant to be enjoyed. Loosen up! Laugh at yourself, and play as hard as you work!