Monthly Archives: February 2012

RX Exercise: Putting the HEALTH back into healthcare

Take one jog and call me in the morning!

I know, I know, this month is about getting moving. I promise it will make sense in a minute!

I had a lot of trouble finding books about exercise that were not just about HOW to exercise. It was darn near impossible. I finally found one book, written by New York Times author Gina Kolata called “Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth About Exercise and Health.” Another issue was the fact that there were none available in the city. So, I decided to order a used copy through Alibris. Last issue, it took for-e-ver to get to me so I haven’t been able to include much of what I’ve been able to read of it so far.

The book starts with an anecdote experienced by the writer as she tried to unwind a web surrounding a study. The study proved claimed to have proven that the best kind of exercise was not the traditional kind, but more of short, mild bursts with several cool done points that is only done occasionally. Less is more. Even as someone who has taken a few stats courses in her day, I could poke holes all over it. Heck, a ten year old could probably poke holes in it. This set Kolata on a quest to see what the real story behind exercise was.

Apparently, back in good ol’ Greece, a fellow named Herodicus wrote about the virtues of exercise. He actually stated that exercise was a form of medicine. To me, that is an incredibly intense thought. I have thought about exercise in regards to maintaining health, but never as ‘medicine’. Herodicus wasn’t alone either. Hippocrates, one of the founding fathers of medicine and for who the Hippocratic Oath was named, agreed wholeheartedly with Herodicus.

Eating alone will not keep a man well. He must also take exercise.” – Hippocrates, “Regimen in Health

Before drug companies existed, when man could only use what was natural, exercise was the bees knees! Exercise has stayed in style on and off for centuries. There was a time where many were scared into thinking intense exercise could kill. ‘Athlete’s heart’ was a term coined for deaths of athletes, even when it was proven to most often be a case of dehydration. (Remember, people who need to watch their water intake include athletes. Too much without salt or too little can be very detrimental.) Still, exercise is now on the upswing in our culture. This is great, absolutely fantastic…so why are there so many obese people? Answer: Sedentary lifestyle. We’ve moved away from an Agrarian lifestyle, we live in cities where everything is at our fingertips (literally, what CAN’T you have delivered) and we sit on our duffs all day at the office.

This long history of exercise’s entanglement with medicine and what I believe to be its positive effects, got me thinking. What if doctors could prescribe exercise. I know they can already suggest it, but what if they could hand out little gym passes? What if your health insurance companies could subsidize your gym pass or personal training so you could better afford it? What if classes on how to exercise properly were offered weekly for free by our governments? I guess this sounds like a pipe dream. Already, people in the U.S. have to pay for their health care. Here in Canada, they’ve taken measures that eliminate a lot of our preventative health care, such as optometrists, chiropractors and alternative health care. Good luck getting help with a gym membership. There’s obviously some flaws in my suggestions and it would be a program that would need a lot of tweaking, but how great would it be if it could work?

While I was reading Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book, “Water: For health, for healing, for life”, I was really struck by his opinion that we live in a ‘sick-care system’. I have to agree. Our focus is always on fixing the problems once they arise and look where it has gotten us. A society that is obese and where for the first time in human history, has given birth to children who will die BEFORE their parents. If that’s not a sign of something wrong, then I don’t know what is.

I fully intend to bring my body back to the state health that it was meant to live in. A very big part of that journey is exercise. I also intend to engage my children in physical activities as much as possible. I hope Ontario still has the tax credit for children’s sports when I get to that place in my life. At least they are doing one thing right.

What do you think? Is there any way ‘prescription exercise’ could ever be integrated into North America? What would be the challenges or rewards?


Coming up to the eating portion of my detox

I’m starting to edge towards the end of February and while I won’t give you a full update, it hasn’t gone as well as I’d hoped. Now I’m already looking to March, where I will have to concentrate a lot on eating habits. The goal is to replenish my enzymes…you’ll soon find out why. But the thing that scares me most is that it will be a lot more planning. I already feel like I have more on my plate than I can handle, will I be able to add another thing to the load? Between my photography business, being in a play, modeling, my writing and all my detox writing I don’t have all that much time. Well, I guess I will just have to give it my all and see where I end up. I have all of you with me to keep me on track, right?

Wonderful blogger, Brittany of Ginger Sneezes wrote a post today about dieting vs. healthy eating. I agree with her wholeheartedly and I hope that when the cards are laid down, that I fall into the latter category. That IS part of my goal anyway. Check out her blog post!

Dieting Vs. Eating Healthy.

Get Moving on Rogers Daytime!

Here is the video of the Month 2 :Get Moving segment I did the other day on Rogers Daytime Ottawa. Unfortunately I found out that the live 11am showing of the segment was overrun by some sort of City of Ottawa meeting. Don’t those city councilors know how important my Year of the Detox is!?! hee hee hee. Oh well, here is the segment. It stars myself and my fabulous cousin, Tamara, who has been my yoga expert for this portion of the detox. The six minutes didn’t really give me a chance to get into the toxic tummy and a few other things I would have liked to cover, but you can READ about all of those on the blog anyway.

Let me know what you think!

On tv again tomorrow!

Just a quick post to tell Ottawa residents that I will be on Roger’s Daytime Ottawa talking about Month 2 of my Year of the Detox. So if you can turn on your tv between 11 and noon tomorrow, you will see moi! Cheers!

Contraceptives, religion and politics, Oh My!

For those of you who are regular YOTD blog readers, this will be a little different than one of my usual posts. Perhaps a little more serious, a tad controversial and it’s actually a posting mainly in response to an article I read on the Washington Times website. At first, I thought it was ludicrous that a journalist would present such an obviously biased account of what is apparently going on in the U.S. Thank goodness, I then noticed it was posted as an opinion piece. Fewf! I’ll be looking at some of the points she’s made, so you may want to skim the article before reading on here. GIROUX: Killer compromise – Washington Times. The author of the article states that she is a nurse and while I don’t agree with the way in which she has presented her information, it is her opinion and everyone is entitled to that. Now, here’s mine.(By the way, I’m totally aware of the irony of posting this on what is Family Day here in Ontario.)

She starts her article with an attack on the Obama administration and how it is trying to hurt women on several levels.

Just days after the inauguration, Mr. Obama began an aggressive assault on morality, liberty and women’s health. Foreshadowing the president’s drastic left-wing agenda was the nomination of America’s top abortion governor, Kathleen Sebelius, as secretary of health and human services. She has delivered far beyond the hopes and dreams of the radical feminist movement and Planned Parenthood.

While I am not a radical feminist, I do believe in planned parenthood. Fourteen year-olds should NOT be having babies. They are not prepared to have babies financially or emotionally. I’m not saying a forced abortion program should be put into effect, but a teen coming from a family that is below the poverty line often cannot afford to keep a child, let alone raise a healthy one. There’s also adoption. As for morality…what morality has Obama ‘assaulted’ here? I assume she is talking about the religious morality she, herself holds. Liberty? Again, I can only assume she believes in a religious fanatic’s ‘liberty’ to scare teens into thinking they are going to hell for making a decision that was their only healthy option. Statements like this should be prefaced with ‘in my opinion’ or the like, and not presented as factual. If that were the case, then actually, maybe I agree with the radical feminists. They propose a CHOICE about what happens to women’s bodies. Also, if Sebelius was truly “delivering beyond the hopes and dreams of the radical feminist movement“, as Giroux believes, she would have found a way to take over Obama’s presidency and ousted all the male members of the U.S. government.Well…maybe she is still working on that one.

I once watched an airing of a political roundtable show with Bill Maher, but Ashton Kutcher was on. They were discussing Proposition 8, which had religious and non-religious guests all caught up. Kutcher was the only one who stepped back and redirected the argument to the true issue. He said, and I am paraphrasing here, “I don’t care what your spiritual beliefs are, it should not interfere with our government” I absolutely agree. We get so caught up in whether it has a place in the government that we are not looking deeper into the issues themselves.

Well, here’s my statement, “RELIGION HAS NO PLACE IN THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.” If you started to allow religion into the health care system, you should not be able to discriminate against any religion in particular. What about religions that don’t believe in accepting medical treatment? If my husband was dying and could only be saved by medical intervention, you’re damn skippy I’d be signing on the dotted line ASAP. Anyone ever think that the way ‘God will take care of us’ is by creating the practice of medicine in the first place? I’m sure I’m not the first.

It is just so unfortunate that what Giroux had to say next had already been overshadowed by these Obama bashing statements.

  • Since 1975, there has been a 400 percent increase in breast cancer among pre-menopausal women. This mirrors the increased use of birth control over these same years.
  • A Mayo Clinic study confirms that any girl or woman who is on hormonal birth control for four years prior to her first full-term pregnancy increases her breast cancer risk by 52 percent.
  • Women who use hormonal birth control for more than five years are four times more likely to develop cervical cancer.
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization, classifies all forms of hormonal contraception as Group 1 carcinogens. This group of cancer-causing agents also includes cigarettes and asbestos. How is it that the Food and Drug Administration can require cigarette manufacturers to place warning labels and photos of corpses on cigarette packages to warn consumers of the health dangers while they take the equally harmful substance of hormonal birth control and force companies to give it away free to women of all ages?

On these issues, I agree with the nurse. People are not fully presented with what hormone based contraception can do to a woman’s body. I know they reeked complete havoc on mine. I’m still suffering from the effects. We also haven’t even delved into the catastrophic environmental effects! But these are facts mixed in with a biased commentary. Yes, I know some women need to take the pill for conditions like PCOS, but that is a much smaller percent of the population than are already taking it.

Statements like, “The Obama administration wants to give all women access to these carcinogens free of charge. Will cancer treatments soon be called “preventive,” too? Who will pay for them? Breast cancer is not discriminatory. It attacks women of all faiths, race and age.” are harmful and ridiculous. As if Obama would ever knowingly pass out carcinogens to the people of his country. If you want to be a true proponent of women’s health, don’t get caught up in slanderous statements. I’ve looked past all these slights and slander to see the message of the dangers of contraception for women. Something needs to be done about it, certainly. Women are dying by the hands of things that are supposed to help them and the doctors dispensing them are not telling them the whole truth. Maybe they, themselves aren’t even aware of it. Instead of focusing on imagined, malicious intent of world leaders, let’s focus on educating the masses. BE THE CHANGE and go tell a loved one you know is on the pill about these statistics and facts. I’ve told all of you and I hope it makes a difference.

What are your thoughts on the proposition to dispense contraceptives to women free of charge? (I know I won’t have to ask for opinions on the religion in health care issue. 🙂 )

What have you done for your lymph lately?

Deutsch: Das Lymphysystem, mit Lymphbahnen und...

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Sounds like a strange question, I agree, but if you don’t know why I am asking it, then this is the post for you! An important, yet often overlooked, part of your detox systems in your body is the lymphatic system. So what the heck is your lymph? It is a clear, colourless liquid that is all throughout your body. I already knew a little about lymph, but I was surprised to find out that we have more lymph in our bodies than blood! Three times more. Crazy! Imagine the fat vampires wandering the streets at night if they fed off lymph instead of blood. He he…fat vampires. The lymphatic vessels contain 15 litres of lymph fluid, whereas we only have 5-6 litres of blood.

Now you know that there’s a whole lot of lymph floating around in your body. The question is, why? Well, the lymph fluid circulates all over your body acting like little, trash collectors. Imagine numerous little men in reflective vests, trucking around to one of 600 collection sites called ‘nodes’ to carry the waste products away. The nodes house white blood cells that attack bacteria, viruses and other harmful things. They engulf and destroy them, so you can see why it would be important to remove their waste as efficiently as possible.

Understanding what your lymph is doing for you is important before you can truly understand why you need to do something for your lymph. See, the blood has the heart to pump it around your body. The lymphatic system, however, is without a pump to call its own. To move around your body, your lymph depends on your movement to travel about and to do its work. The flow can increase as much as 15 times during exercise. As my body releases toxins, as my diet changes, making sure that my body is able to move the toxins out as efficiently as possible is a priority. Getting moving isn’t just about losing weight, but about helping your body do the natural processes your sedentary lifestyle have made it difficult to do.

I’ve also been doing something extra for my lymph because I felt that it really needed some extra work. After massages that were supposed to be relaxing, I would feel feverish and slightly nauseous. I figured it might be my lymph after I attempted a ‘Fit Chicks’ bootcamp class and felt the same way that evening. I REALLY got my lymph flowing and it made me feel terrible! I had mentioned this to my Adele (the integrational therapist/energy healer I work with) and she has been working with me to fix that. She recently acquired a machine called the Lymphstar Pro that uses a combination of different energy modalities to get that lymph moving. After a few treatments, I can really feel a difference in my body. It is hard to describe but you can also see a difference in my face and under my jaw. I realize this is not something that is available to everyone, but it is a part of my experience so it’s worth mentioning.

I won’t leave you hanging though! Apart from exercise, there are a few things you can do for your lymph.

  • up that water intake, if you haven’t already
  • dry skin brushing
  • massage
  • nutritional habits that avoid sugars, alcohol, dairy, caffeine, fried and refined foods

But for now, since it is February, let’s just focus on the ‘get moving’ part, shall we?

What have you done for your lymph lately?

5 Reasons NOT to Wear a Thong to the Gym

One of these things just doesn’t belong

I was at the gym the other day (insert brief, celebratory cheer for me being at the gym) and I saw something that, while commonplace, disturbed me. In the change room, a woman set down her things next to me and began to take her clothes off. No, that wasn’t the disturbing part. What threw me off was the fact that once she got down to her skivvies, she was wearing a thong. I thought that surely, she would change out of it and into a more appropriate workout undergarment. Surprisingly, she didn’t. She started talking to another girl in the change room and I noticed that she was also wearing a thong. I made a mental note that I would take a quick , non-pervy peek around the change room after my workout to see if there were more of these ‘thong, workout women’. While they were in the minority, a few were present.

I personally can’t imagine being comfortable working out in a thong. I’m certainly not worried about the way I look at the gym. I usually laugh at the girls who have gotten all dolled up just to sweat it out. But thongs…thongs? Are you REALLY that worried about a visible panty line? If you know you are going to be spending time at the gym, you should bring appropriate undergarments. No push-up bras either! But there are several, very good reasons not to wear your thong while you work out:

1. Rectal bacteria can travel along the thong to your vagina, which can cause vaginal and urinary tract infections.

A thong is actually a connector,” says Adelaide Nardone, MD, an OB-GYN in Providence, Rhode Island. “As you move, the fabric shifts and before you can say “Monistat,” you’ve got a yeast infection. To make matters worse, thongs tend to rub, causing tiny tears in the delicate skin around your vulva and clitoris, creating access for microbes”(source:Women’s Health Magazine)

2. If you already have an infection or irritation, it can make it MUCH worse by rubbing on the affected areas, especially if you are also sporting a brazilian wax. Your hair is there to protect you.

3. It will irritate your anus, especially if you have hemorrhoids, and can even cause lacerations.

4. Thongs can cut off some circulation to the vaginal area. That goes for underwear that is too tight as well.

5. If you create a vaginal or urinary tract infection at the gym while you are trying to make your body look sexier, then when you have the chance to be sexy out on a date you won’t be able to! Save the sexy undies for special occasions!

If all this information still hasn’t made an impact on you and you’d rather no one see those underwear lines, at least wear cotton thongs. Because cotton is more breathable than synthetic material you are less likely to get an infection. I betcha no one told Sisqo about all these thong problems while he was writing “The Thong Song”. As for me, I’ll be sticking with my cotton briefs, thank you!  Well…at least at the gym. 😉

Have you ever worn a thong to the gym?

I’ve removed the comment option on this post as I was getting spammed like crazy (who knew the word thong would bring so many crazies out!) and there were some uncouth comments going up.

Yes, it is my OPINION that you shouldn’t wear thongs at the gym. Yes, like in the MAJORITY of studies there’s no direct causation, just a high correlation…I was a psych major, I know the difference. This is just some information, like everything else you read on the net, it’s your choice to take it or leave it. Good vaginal health, ladies!

‘M’ is for Motivation, among other things

Revised February cardio goals

I am having a really tough time staying on track this month. I think I may have set my goals just a little too lofty as far as cardio was concerned. I don’t want to make excuses, but without a normal schedule it is UBER difficult to plan in some exercise time. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been able to maintain a true 5 day-a-week cardio exercise routine. This week was especially hard as I had one day where I left my parent’s house at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t return home to my own house until 10:30 p.m. that night! I know, you might think I could have squeezed in some exercise in the morning if I was really dedicated, but not so. I had to do extensive hair and make-up for my modeling gig that day. (Yes, a PLUS size modeling gig!) Not being a morning person in the first place, nor one to ever ‘do’ my hair, it gets complicated. Then there was the sinus infection…sigh.

So what am I going to do about it? Well, sitting here listing the reasons I can’t do something is not going to help me at all. Nor will it help you! As my husband so often likes to say, “don’t focus on the problem, focus on the solution”. He is right, he’s right, I know he’s right. My biggest issue with all this is how it affects my self-esteem and drive when I don’t reach my goals. Looks like it is time to do a little edit on my goals.

At a conference in Florida I was able to hear a man named Raymond Aaron speak. He believes that you can live and thrive by doing what you love if you are smart about it. One of the techniques he uses is called ‘MTO goal setting’. For you Ontarians, no, he isn’t talking about the Ministry of Transport for Ontario. M refers to minimum (see, ‘M’ ISN’T just for motivation!), T is for target and O is for outrageous.

I propose altering my February Cardio goals to this:

M (minimum) – I will do 30 minutes of cardio at LEAST 3 times a week for the month of February, 2012.

T (target) – I will do 30 minutes of cardio at LEAST 5 times a week for the month of February, 2012.

O (outrageous) – I will do 30 minutes of cardio at LEAST 6 times a week for the month of February, 2012.

By using this technique, you can set different levels for the same goal. I know that I can do my cardio 3 times a week because normally I have been achieving a four cardio week. My target still remains the same, because that is what I am actually shooting for. But if I don’t quite achieve it, I’ve still maintained my minimum goal for the week. When I first started doing goal setting it seemed a bit like a cop out. But as long you don’t make your minimum goal something ridiculously low, like “I’ll drive by the gym and think about working out.” then it can be a great motivational tool. Even if you don’t achieve your target goal, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the fact that you ALMOST did! I’ve been so down at the fact that one week I only made it to four cardio events during the week that I forget that I MADE IT TO FOUR CARDIO EVENTS THAT WEEK!!!! Considering in January and before it was an average of zero for a long time, that’s frickin’ sweet!

You can totally apply this to almost every aspect of your life and goal setting. Try it for a month and see how it goes. Just remember to do the following:

1. Put your original goal as your target goal.

2. Make sure your minimum is something you can definitely attain, but not too low that it will seem insignificant.

3. Put your outrageous goal as something lofty but achievable. If you achieve it, you’ll feel fantastic!

4. Put deadlines on your goals. If that means you have to do it every week, or every month, that’s fine.

5. Post up your goals so that you can review them. Then when you achieve them, even if it’s the Minimum goal, you can give yourself a pat on the back. Or do a little victory dance, if no one is looking.

Try this goal setting method on for size and let me know how it goes! If you want to read more of Raymond Aaron’s techniques or download a free digital copy of his book, “Double your income doing what you love” visit the official Raymond Aaron website.

Do you think this looks like a good method for goal setting? Why or why not? What has worked for you in the past?

Toxic Tummy: The Estrogen Connection

English: Excess adipose tissue around a male's...

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Estrogen performs a number of very important roles, and not just in women’s bodies either. It has an impact on both sexes for water-salt balance, digestive enzymes, blood fats and heart function, just to name a few. So if estrogen performs all these tasks, what’s this toxic tummy I’m talking about?

Well, first off, estrogen is produced in many areas of our body. For women, it’s produced in:

  • ovaries
  • placenta
  • adrenals
  • fatty tissue

That last one is the one that can become concerning. Fat tissues produce a specific type of estrogen called estrone. Consider estrone the shotty, mafia run contruction company made estrogen. It works, but it could perform better. When we are younger, our body is able to take that estrone and make it into estradiol. That’s the stuff that makes us the fantastic women that we are and is produced in the ovaries. Unfortunately, after menopause, woman have to rely on the mafia constructed estrone. On top of that, estrone runs a viscious cycle that (much like the mafia) is hard to escape. The more belly fat you have, the more estrone is produced, and the more estrone you have, the more belly fat is stored. It may seem that more estrogen is a good thing, especially as we enter menopause, but it really isn’t. Estrogen dominance can lend to scarier problems like breast cancer. An over-abundance of estrogen is bad for men as well. You’ve seen those men…the ones with what appear to have breasts, or ‘moobies’. Men with excess estrogen are at a greater risk of diabetes, cancers and other health problems. Those are a lot bigger problems to worry about than whether they look good in a tight t-shirt.

We also have to watch our environment and what we consume to regulate our estrogen levels. There are a great deal of ‘xenoestrogens’ that are present in our environment. Remember what I talked about in The dangers of bottled water, the BPA problem , about how BPAs can mimic estrogen. They are xenoestrogens. We also have to watch our diet for ‘phytoestrogens’, or plant based estrogens such as soy and flax seeds. You may have heard about girls starting menstruation at younger and younger ages? These two types of estrogen mimickers are a big reason why.

All this information paints a scary picture but it also reminds us that we can do something about it. If we exercise to burn off the belly fat that is producing this estrone, we will be in much better condition. Being aware of BPAs, as well as how often we consume plant based estrogens will allow our bodies to regain the delicate balance that it may have lost. Since discovering the presence of these estrogens, I have definitely cut down on my consumption of soy products. I also watch the presence of flax in my diet. (ps – whole flaxseeds, you don’t need to worry about. They pass right through you!) I’ve know for some time about BPAs as well. Right now I’m working on decreasing my belly fat. It seems like a never ending process…like I should just give in and pick my “Estrone Family” mafia name…Moonshine Walker? Jack Knife Jenn? Hmm, those sound more like pirate names don’t they! Bahaha Oh well, it doesn’t matter. Cause I’m gonna put cement shoes on the whole “Estrone Gang” see…they gonna be sleepin’ with the fishes. *insert evil mafioso laugh here* Just keep moving!

Where do you carry most of your fat? Is it in your belly region?

Blogging makes my bum numb

Family watching television, c. 1958

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All the sitting down at the computer, typing away…It’s not just the blogging that does it. I’m talking photo editing, writing E-mails, scanning Facebook, twitter, etc., etc. People are spending more and more time with their bums glued to their seats in front of a computer. As a society, we continue to get progressively more sedentary. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my computer! Without it I couldn’t do all the things I’ve depended on for my business and love in my life. I’m totally dig being able to check up on my friends on Facebook. I love to edit photos of a wedding and make a bride’s smile just a bit whiter. Very importantly, I enjoy researching and posting blogs online to share with all of you. But if I don’t pay enough attention, I end up sitting for a long time and upon getting up I do feel stiffness in my muscles…and, uh, a bit of a numb bum.

I also happen to have a passion for movies. I love them so much I write reviews for about them. So for every two hour movie I watch, I can also spend an hour writing a review and uploading it. More time on my butt! If you aren’t a movie goer, I’m sure that you still spend some time on the couch watching tv. I only have about two shows that I watch religiously right now, but that’s cause I have to be on the computer so much I often don’t have time for any others.

An August study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that every hour you sit in front of the TV, you can slash your life expectancy by nearly 22 minutes. YIKES!!!!

So let’s look at the a week in the life of my bottom…

Hours on computer: minimum 35 hours/week

Hours watching a movie: minimum 2 hours/week

Hours in front of tv: minimum 12 hours/week

Sedentary hours: 49 hours/week of 98 waking hours

That’s a MINIMUM of 50% of my waking hours being sedentary and I’m sure that I’m doing even more sitting than that. Let’s be generous and say that my computer time doesn’t count in this whole loss of life minutes.

1 hour means 22 minutes of lost life. Therefore, I lose 264 minutes a week and 13,728 minutes a year. That works out to 228.8 hours or 9.5 days of lost life a year. CRICKEY! It doesn’t really seem like that much until you crunch those numbers. According to Statistics Canada, the average life expectancy of an Ontarian in 2005 was 80.7. If lose 9.5 days a year over my expected 80 years of life, I will lose 762 days or a little over 2 years. I don’t even want to know what that gets up to if I had included the computer time!

Excuse me, I’ve been sitting for awhile, I think I need to get up and stretch a bit…


Okay, I’m back.

Now, of course there are many factors to consider in one’s life expectancy past how long you sit on your rear watching tv, but it’s worth thinking about the next time your fave shows come on. Stand up, go get a glass of water, do some stretching, if only on commercials. Those numbers are only based on the tv watching part of my mostly sedentary day. I haven’t even gotten into the computer portion.

So, what can we do about it?

1. Get up from your desk, your couch or wherever you are sitting to stretch every half hour. (Sounds familiar, right? Because it’s a February Get Moving rule!!)

2. If you work in an office, drink plenty of water so that you will have to get up and go to the bathroom…and also, you will stay hydrated!

3. Make sure to get in that 30 minutes of exercise as many days a week as you can, if not all of them!

4. Stand as much as possible. Like during your lunch hour. When you get home and you turn on the tv, keep standing.

5. If you need to talk to a colleague and it is at all possible, walk over to their desk instead of calling them or E-mailing them.

6. If it’s a nice day, pull the fire alarm…JUST KIDDING!!!

But seriously, research to confirm that sitting is bad for you health is coming out all the time. Get up, get moving and your body will thank you for it!

Anyone have any other tips to keep moving during the work day or in any other sedentary activities?