Spring into a healthier you! By Wayne W. Bradley, Sr. President/CEO
There are two reasons that this month should be the start of a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. First, the name; April can be used as a directive—get moving! Taking an active step forward is the first task to get to a better place.
A sedentary lifestyle has been linked to several diseases, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Since out lifestyles are far less active today than they used to be, we all have to make a conscious effort to be more active and engaged in aerobic activity. Research shows that a mere 10-30 minutes of physical activity a day can make a difference in your overall health and well being.
A simple walk around the block, jumping jacks while watching television or lifting soup cans at home can be an admirable substitute if you can’t make it to a gym or fitness facility. March’s first meaning is to get moving!
Second, the month is also home to the first official day of spring: here is where you can spring into action for better health! After being cooped up all winter (and this has really been a winter), the excitement begins to build for longer days, sunshine and shedding heavy coats. This is also a great time for shedding “winter habits” like covering up those extra inches and cuddling with comfort foods that taste good, but aren’t necessarily good for you.
While many people like “new beginnings” around the start of a new year, the beginning of a long awaited season like spring and summer can also be the trigger for new starts. Where do you begin? By making sure you have a medical clearance to begin an exercise regimen; then, follow-up by getting rid of all the things in your kitchen that are tempting but no good for a healthy diet—ice cream, cookies, sweetened drinks. Non-perishable items can be donated or given-away, while serving as a reminder to not buy them in the first place!!! Discover healthy meal options and shopping tips by visiting web sites like http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthy-eating , then shop and eat accordingly.
Nutritionists suggest “shopping the perimeter” of the market. This is where the fresh foods, dairy and meats are found, bypassing the processed and packaged foods found on the interior of the grocery stores. Packing fresh vegetables and fruits as snacks and drinking water are also small but meaningful changes you can make in your diet.
With just a little detour from your normal activity, you can discover a whole new and healthier world of options. Just get moving into action and “Spring” into better health!
This is provided as informational only, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please visit your medical practitioner for all matters related to health, wellness and relative practices. For more information, visit www.dchcquality.org or call (313) 821-2591 for the DCHC Health Center near you.