January's a quiet month for me. The holiday rush is over, I'm feeling the effects of many big dinners, and the days are shorter.
A good way to feel more energized (no we're not talking coffee), is to renew your commitment to a more healthy and active lifestyle.
For 2014, maybe try to include both aerobic and strength building activities into your daily lifestyle.
- Aerobic activity: These are your "heart and lung" activities (e.g., walking, swimming, snow-shoeing). They make you feel good and are great for maintaining a healthy weight. Try performing aerobic activities at an intensity that makes you sweat and increases your breathing. Even once you've stopped, your body is still burning more energy than before you started. These post-exercise effects are greater with longer sessions of moderate to high intensity activity. Think of it as your car idling as opposed to being turned off; but beware of supplements that claim to boost your metabolism. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For more information on nutrition, dietitiansservices at 8-1-1 are a good resource.
- Strength activity: These activities develop stronger muscles, healthier bones, and give you more energy. They can include activities like yard-work and weight lifting. Having strong muscles makes being active every day easier, safer and it's good for your mental health too!
With Blue Monday fast approaching (January 20th) why not contact the qualified exercise professionals at the Physical Activity Line (8-1-1) (it's FREE) for more information on aerobic and strength activities!
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