Incorporate “movement” into your life…
Some of my “tips” are ones that I actually come up with myself.
Some of the “tips” I share here are ones that come to me from various “Health & Ftness motivational” lists that I’ve signed up with at Walgreens, WebMD, my health insurance company, a website called “RealAge” and a few others.
The tips come to me as tweets or emails.
I got this one a couple days ago. . .
Do at least one active lifestyle activity this week. Try working in the yard, washing the car. Walking to do an errand or cleaning.
. . .and my reaction was:
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Simply “walking” is a good starting point!
Humans are built to walk. As in on two legs, bipedal in an upright position.
It is, in fact, according to some National Geographic and Discovery Channel and NPR documentaries that I’ve watched recently the one of very things that makes us human and makes us a distinct species and different from our nearest cousins the Chimpanzee and the Bonobo.
So, when I got a text from one of the several “send me fitness tips” places about “walking and setting step goals” — I burst out laughing! Literally! LAUGHED – OUT – LOUD
AFTER I calmed down and wiped the tears from my eyes, I thought two things:
- These people need get out from behind their computer screens and look at the real world and…
- This would be a great “Tony’s Tip” post!
Here is the quote that set me off:
A good step goal is 10,000 steps per day. For weight loss work up to 12,00-15,000 steps per day.
GWAUF! BWHAhahahahahahaha LOL!
Yeh, right. Folks, after reading that, NOT so helpful tip, I did a poor-man’s research study as in “Google search.”
Right at the top of the search results, I found this tidbit from a column I trust, in the New York Times”:
“A person is typically considered sedentary if they take less than 5,000 steps per day.” The study also showed that American men, with an average daily step count of 5,340, are moving more than women, who averaged only 4,912 steps a day.”
And, no, I will NOT tell you what my step count is right now. We’ll simply say that it is below 5,000 steps. SIGH
SO… the idea of setting a goal of “10,000 steps, Sweet Baby Jesus Help Me, (Tonya, that was just for you – GRIN) OR worse, Read the rest of this entry
Keeping it Simple – Sometimes Simple IS Best
Pretty much every exercise and fitness guru on the planet says that keeping track of your progress is a good idea. You can track many things like weight or body fat, but one of the easiest, the simplest, and the best, is to just measure the inches on your body:
You add up these three numbers and that gives you your “Total Inches.” As you get healthier and fitter those “inches” will probably shrink. So when you see ads saying “I lost a bee-jillion inches using XYZ Miracle Diet Product,” the grand total of those three measuring points in the “inches” they are talking about.
Using a tape measure and piece of paper is a good way to keep track of your progress AND it is a very LOW COST way to do so.
I wanted to measure my body. So I grab the Read the rest of this entry