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Being a young and busy family, it is very important that we stay physically healthy for our kids and our own futures. I am hitting the 30 year old mark and have become much more aware of my health and that I want to improve it for myself and to live a longer and better life. I have always been there for my daughters and plan to be there for so many more things as they get older. Who knows maybe even long enough to be a Great-Grandmother?
Creating and sticking to an exercise plan is the best way to begin any long term well-being. Strength training for women is important for us moms. With simple workouts and activities, to keeping a balanced diet, it is fairly easy to increase the chances of living the longest possible life we can. Keeping active and not being lazy by sitting around can become easy but we have to start at some point, so why not now!?!
Molina Healthcare has tips and information for physical activity and types of exercises to try. Along with idea a good way to start an exercise program, doing the right exercises is something that is easy to do yourself and with little to no help or costs from anyone else.
Before starting any of my physical activities, I do a period of stretching. This helps to improve my flexibility and lowers my risk of injury.
I like to keep myself busy with strength building and cardio. Strength building is important in building muscle and also keeping a balance of exercises to work the upper and lower body is important to prevent falling. By having strong bones and increased strength, you also reduce your risk of osteoporosis. I love to run and do Zumba and want to hit the weights in my gym more.
Check out this list courtesy of Molina Healthcare of some activities to burn those extra calories:
- Light gardening/yard work for an hour – Burns 330 calories
- Hiking for an hour – Burns 370 calories
- Light weight lifting for an hour – Burns 220 calories
- Walking at 3.5 mph for an hour – Burns 280 calories
- Bicycling (<10 mph) for an hour – Burns 290 calories
- Dancing for an hour – Burns 330 calories
Keeping yourself active is the most important thing you can do for yourself, start with a simple walk everyday for an hour. Not only does it increase our longevity, it good for our kids and family. I find I have more energy, feel happier when I workout. I admit I have weight to lose, but always find myself looking forward to my daily workout. I have lost weight and continue to see the results I want. Stick to it no matter what, is my advice.
What is holding you back?