Baked, Sweet, or Couch???

Baked or sweet are a yes, but couch is a no!

Don’t be a couch potato!

We are constantly hearing about the obesity rate n the US. While being overweight can be drastically dangerous, being a couch potato may be even worse.

A study from the University of Cambridge found that lack of exercise might be twice as deadly as obesity, according to a report that appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. According to the study, just 20 minutes, of walking a day helped reduce the risk of death by as much as 30 percent for those in all weight categories, including those who were classified as obese. The study followed 334,000 men and women over a 12-year period and found that those who exercised enough to burn 90 to 110 calories a day had a lower risk of premature death.

Exercise has such an impact on health and longevity because it boosts the body’s immune system, improves mental function and energy, strengthens muscles and bones, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases including some cancers and type 2 diabetes.

You don’t have to be a super athlete or marathon runner.

  • Walk during lunch or after dinner
  • Park in the furthest spot from the store
  • Take the stairs
  • March in place while you watch tv or brush your teeth
  • Skip the drive-thru and walk inside instead
  • Walk while your kids are taking dance class/playing soccer/etc
  • Early for an appointment? Walk outside or in the office building instead of reading a magazine

Although we are all tired when we get home and have a million things to do, make a promise to yourself and your health, to strive for more steps each day.

Inspired by:
webmd magazine
Womens Health magazine

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