“I Like To Move It” – And So Should You!
Greetings everyone! Can you believe that one month of 2019 is almost behind us? This just shows how fast time really does fly, and how fleeting our lives truly are. Also, with January coming to an end, there is 80% of our population that made New Year Resolutions that will be giving up on those resolutions within a week! Wow!
If you follow me, you know that my mantra has been “just keep moving.” These aren’t just idle words, this is something that we all need to be doing, “MOVING!” Once again, obesity levels are up in the United States, in fact, none of the 50 states showed a decline in obesity rates in 2018. 1 in 5 U.S. adults is obese! Americans spent 149 billion in direct medical costs associated with healthcare resulting from obesity related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar (US Centers for Disease Control). Statistics show that losing just 5-10% of your weight can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. That means if you weigh 200 pounds, losing just 10-20 pounds can have a positive impact on your health and longevity. You can diet, but if you look at all diet programs, pills, etc., they all have that little writing on the bottom, something like this; “Results are not typical, exercise associated with this product are recommended to improve results.” I am asking you to “just keep moving,” and if you aren’t moving now, get started. It all starts with one step, one activity, but you have to move!
In results published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, 20 March 2018, studies showed that “exercise and a physically active lifestyle are indisputable – it plays a key role in improving cardio-respiratory fitness, maintaining physical function, and correcting biological risk factors such as hypertension and high cholesterol.” Just Keep Moving! Now, I’m no doctor, nor am I a genius, but I can add, and 2 plus 2 still equals 4. These statistics have been verified, redone, and re-verified for years, so I get it, and so should you. Last week I told you to find your “why,” so if you haven’t done that, this should help – the desire to live longer!
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going on a bike ride on the Legacy Trail in Sarasota, FL. On this ride the trail was full. There were people of all ages and abilities, all body types, all fitness levels. I saw little kids on there glider bikes with their parents; seniors on bikes, walking, and running; disabled people walking; bikes, roller blades, running shoes, walking shoes and a strange enclosed bullet bike. The key here is that all these people were out and moving. Very few were “athletes,” but they were all moving! This is one easy thing you have control over to add a chance of increasing your lifespan and well-being. For those who have battled with weight issues, you know how much difference even 5 pounds can make. “Just Keep Moving!”
Start simple; walk around the house a few times; climb stairs a few times if you have them; get some light weights and do some curls while you are watching TV; put your remote next to the TV so you have to get up and “move” to change the channel. There are so many ways to begin moving. I want you to be around a bit longer, and I would love to read an article that said obesity levels have fallen in the US! Don’t procrastinate any longer, don’t make excuses, and don’t become a negative statistic, “Just Keep Moving!”
I would love to hear from you and what you do, or are going to begin doing to get moving? I would also be interested in any results from those who are just now starting; do you lose weight; do you feel better; do you sleep better, etc. Until next week, one more time “Just Keep Moving!”