July: Getting Active
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again- you need to get more physical activity. You may already be running through a list of reasons why you can’t exercise, as there are plenty of things that can hold you back:
- I don’t have time!
- I have a bad back/ knee/ shoulder/ toe…
- I’m embarrassed to go to the gym/ run outside.
- I can’t afford a gym/ personal trainer/ equipment!
- I hate exercise!
Are you struggling with any of the following problems?
- Excess fat
- High cholesterol
- Restless sleep
- Back pain
- Low energy levels
If so, you could benefit from increasing your physical activity.
An easy way to do this is to find things you enjoy doing that don’t feel like exercise. Family activities like bowling, Frisbee, catch, and tag will get your heart rate up while having fun and spending time with your loved ones. Other simple things include going for a stroll after dinner, taking dance lessons, riding your bike, gardening/yard work, or going for a swim. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you are doing something.
Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day will help reduce your risk of developing many serious health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression.
On average, adults lose 10 cups of water a day by sweating, breathing, and going to the bathroom.
Symptoms of Dehydration:
Excessive thirst Sleepiness/tiredness Dry mouth Muscle weakness Headache Dizziness/light-headedness
Do not ignore these signs!
Deciding how much water to drink isn’t an exact science. It depends on age, physical condition, activity level, body chemistry, etc. The best approach is to continue to drink water throughout the day, especially on very hot days. Make water your go-to drink!
THIRST IN DISGUISE: Many times, thirst can be mistaken for hunger, so try drinking a glass of water before you eat to see if the craving goes away.