According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than three out of every five adults in the United States are overweight. Incredibly, more than one out of every three adults are also obese. The CDC expects that the average medical cost due to obesity, alone, in the U.S. will be upwards of $147 billion dollars every year.
When you’re juggling work, kids, cleaning the house, doing errands and everything else on your list, making it to the gym can easily fall lower and lower in priority. However, studies have shown that even small amounts of exercise can be vitally beneficial to your health.
According to the Mayo Clinic and Psychology Today, small amounts of exercise can reap huge rewards. The government recommends roughly an hour of aerobic exercise every day, and it doesn’t have to be all at once. Even 30 minutes where your heart rate is elevated above normal will have a positive benefit on your health.
If you don’t have enough time to dedicate an hour at the gym before or after work, there are some easy ways you can sneak some exercise into your routine at lunch or perhaps while you’re waiting for the kids at soccer practice.
An easy way to slip in some low-impact exercise is to make walking a part of your routine. Taking a morning walk at a brisk pace will get your blood flowing, immediately boosting your energy levels, giving you a dose of endorphins, getting you ready for the day.
Unlike a morning run, a brisk walk is attainable and enjoyable no matter if you were up all night with a screaming baby or running over your notes for an important business meeting. You can also add walking to other aspects of your day by taking a walk around the block at lunch, taking the stairs at work or even walking to the office in the morning.
There’s a reason pro athletes routinely include jump rope in their workout regimen. It is one of the most demanding and cardio-intensive exercises you can do while also promoting strength, power, stamina, and footwork.
Many modern offices have begun to adopt stability balls as an alternative option to a chair. Switching your desk chair out for a stability ball forces you to keep your balance while you work, activating your core muscles and increasing calorie burn while at rest.
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In the nearly 8 years that my wife and I have lived in Colorado Springs, never have we seen the amount of road construction currently taking place. Whether it’s a main road or side street, there’s no part of town missing out on the “fun”. And it’s not just re-paving or patching potholes. Whole lanes are being ripped up with miles of digging in order to replace underground pipes of all varieties.
At first, I thought all the “weed” sales (pot is legal in Colorado) might be producing the influx of tax funds for all this construction. But a running buddy of mine made me aware of a bill that had passed in the last couple years which freed up an enormous amount of funds for these projects.
Turns out the city has a certain amount of time to spend the money. Based on the number of orange cones and “ROAD WORK AHEAD” signs, it looks as though no penny is being spared.
Millions of people are about to be disappointed –– they don’t even realize it.
Maybe you’re one of them.
Right now, around the world, people are setting new ambitious health goals and resolutions.
And yet, according to Inc Magazine, approximately 80% of New Year's resolutions fail. Most of them buried in an unmarked early grave by February.
Why is that?
How is it that despite all our best intentions and genuine desire to live healthier and be fitter, the most we can hope for is a depressing 20% success rate?
So to help you kickstart your New Year with a healthy lifestyle we are going to breakdown why most goals and resolutions fail and what to do instead.