March signals the end of winter and the start of spring, and for many of us the first real chance to get outside. The winter months wreak havoc on many of our fitness plans, leading to inactivity and the dreaded winter weight gain! As the temperature starts to rise it’s time to make a plan to get...
March signals the end of winter and the start of spring, and for many of us the first real chance to get outside. The winter months wreak havoc on many of our fitness plans, leading to inactivity and the dreaded winter weight gain! As the temperature starts to rise it’s time to make a plan to get back on track with your fitness.
We have spent the last two months tweaking small parts of your nutrition to prepare you for increased activity levels. The first step was to start eating more fruits and vegetables. Then we tackled the kitchen and the pantry, a sweet spot for unhealthy foods. It is now time to switch gears from healthy food habits to healthy exercise habits. As most experts will tell you, health cannot be achieved through diet alone; exercise plays a crucial role in our health. Completing the holy trinity of health is good mental health (we will get there… just not this month).
Our March health challenge is to get ACTIVE EVERYDAY!
Now you may be thinking that this challenge is a lot! For some, being active everyday is a lot, but for many of us being active means making small changes to our everyday routine and lifestyle.
The benefits of being active far outweigh the negatives. Longevity and quality of life are greatly improved when we keep an active lifestyle. In addition to being healthier and more functional into our later years of life; exercise can, boost levels of happiness and reduce stress, improve sleep, increase memory, and decrease the likelihood of chronic disease. Exercise benefits can come from an hour of exercise in the gym or just a few minutes of getting off your butt when watching TV, of course the more often we exercise or get active the greater the effect. The important thing this month is to start another healthy habit and continue to build off our last two months of success.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends:
Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week
Exercise recommendations can be met through:
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