Monday, May 6, 2013

Maintain an Active Lifestyle

Hey NeverEver's!

Welcome to Monday and I hope you are having a great one! Today I was lucky enough to get a Guest Poster!! Her name is Michelle Pino and this is her post.


Nearly every person tries to find ways to improve their health and well-being. However, most folks find it
difficult to make the time for a trip to the gym or the time needed to prepare a healthy meal. In today’s fast paced society, you must find creative ways to get your exercise and stay fit. With simple tips, you can turn everyday activities into easy, calorie burning exercises.

First, start your day off right with some light stretching. Before you get out of bed in the morning, take a few minutes to stretch your arms, legs, and back. Once you hop out of bed, you can do a few more stretches for your arms, legs and back to get your blood flowing. Not only will this energize you, but you will feel ready to tackle the day.
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Another great tip to get a little movement during your day is to find a great parking spot. Not right in front of the building however, but as far away as possible. This will give you a chance to get a nice walk in before you head into work. A few extra minutes of walking will help to keep your legs and joints in shape.

For most people, a day at the office can be very sedentary. However, that can easily change. If you need to speak to a coworker, instead of calling them, take a stroll to their desk. Also, if you work on an upper floor, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator. These simple steps help to improve your health in the long run.

A common tip that many folks use at the office is eating at their desk. If you take a sandwich for lunch and can finish quickly, that gives you time to take a stroll outside. A breath of fresh air in the middle of the day is a great way to feel rejuvenated and reset the mind.

Finally, a great tip for promoting a healthier lifestyle is, while at home for the evening, take a short walk around your neighborhood. This will give you some exercise, but it will also get you some fresh air and sunshine, both of which are proven mood boosters. Plus, you will get a chance to chat with neighbors, and unwind from the hectic workday.

Here are just a few ways to promote a healthier lifestyle with minimum effort. These simple steps will help you to stay on track of your goal.

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You can also use Inspiration boards. They have become very popular yet highly effective way to organize your thoughts when taking on a new project. They are commonly used to plan weddings, home improvement projects and vacations, so why not use one for your fitness goals?

A “Fitspiration board" can be used to visualize your goals in a tangible form, enabling your mind and body to come together more effectively to create the changes you want to see in your physique. Here are some easy steps to help you get started.

1. Begin collecting images of people, places, experiences, or things - anything that inspires you to lead a fit lifestyle.

2. Look through everything you’ve collected and choose an anchor image. What themes do you notice in your collection?

3. Begin placing the other pictures you’ve selected around your anchor image. Your images may be very similar or all over the place depending on your style, and that’s ok. Everyone is different!

4. Reflect on what you have created. How does it make you feel?

5. Look through your notes and make adjustments to your fitspiration board accordingly.

6. You’ll know your board is "fitspirational" when you haven’t wanted to make any changes to it for at least a week. Make sure to keep it in a prominent place so you will see it often.

Here is an example:



Part of my own initiative to live a healthier lifestyle is to take better care of my body. As I get older I’m learning better ways to protect myself from harmful UV rays, unlike when I was younger and would sunbathe with baby oil. Yikes! Problem is, I love the sun: to compromise, I bought a pair of sunglasses that protects against UVA & UVB rays (similar to the one pictured from Style Bop) to help shield my eyes. Wearing sunglasses can help prevent sun damage to your eyes that could cause cataracts.

Make eating healthy food fun and exciting! Creative ways to make healthy food more enticing like these fruit skewers is a fun way to help us enjoy healthy foods. These fruit skewers are a great example for party appetizer for a summer barbeque: a great alternative to chips and dips.

Personally, I am not a super athletic person. I’ve always been a believer in It is doing what makes you feel good. So if walking and bike riding is your thing, go for it! Golf is a great example. I’ve been taking lessons near my work at NY golf course, Shenendoah, as a way to add variety to my normal routine. Doing the same old boring routine, is an easy way to lose motivation and “fall off the wagon”. Golf is great because not only is it less strenuous physical activity, but you also are able to enjoy the outdoors and walk, a lot. To me, there’s no better feeling than enjoying the outdoors.

Tip: Make sure what is on the board is what you really want. Taking the time to create and maintain a fitspiration board is a fun yet powerful way to keep you motivated on the path towards the fit lifestyle you’re yearning for.

Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager in Verona, NY.  Michelle has provided these tips in hopes to educate others on how to lead a more motivating and less stressful life.  Michelle believes more focused approach put on our health will result in better balanced life.  Her hobbies include gardening, reading and learning about healthy lifestyles."

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