Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? The thrill of discovering “clues”, sometimes involving a riddle, or simply following a map to the “buried treasure”. However you define it, a “treasure hunt” can be a lot of fun, and a great way to get out and move your body while enjoying time away from your day-to-day grind. Why not get family and/or friends involved and make a day of it?
Where to begin? This is a raw topic for me overall and one that I have revisited many times over the years, but just eventually push aside when it seems too hard to deal with.
I was pretty much always an overweight kid, and that transitioned into being an overweight adult, and eventually, an obese one.
This past year I turned 50 and in a few short months will turn 51, and in looking back over the years there is a feeling of time wasted. Why have I not taken control of my health? Why have I allowed myself to miss out on so many social events, either because of embarrassment, lack of energy, or simply knowing I could not participate in whatever was going on. Admittingly though, sometimes it was just wallowing in my own self-pity and feeling tired of always being the largest person in the room. Worse yet, actually going to an event and not fitting in the chairs, or being over the weight limit for rides, etc.
Electronic hand-held devices (aka smartphones, iPads, tablets etc.) – most of us have at least one. They make our lives easier. Or at least that is what “they” tell us. However you feel about them, if you own one (or five), put them to use in a healthy way.
We all know that daily movement is important for our overall health. But knowing it, and actually doing it, are two entirely different things. So how do we get our bodies moving, when we have so many conveniences aimed at (making our lives easier) making sure we don’t HAVE to move?
Long days at work, long commutes, drive thru food available 24 hours a day … we don’t even have to get up and walk to get that food that we probably should not be eating anyway. We can have it delivered right to our door.
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How do you deal with a setback in your life? Do you have the determination to keep going? Do you give up, feeling it will never work anyway? Or do you find yourself somewhere in between?
For our purposes here, let’s just talk about setbacks in relation to improving our health, increasing our movement and in turn, having positive results in reaching our goals.
I have spoken many times about my love (obsession) for my Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker. For me, it’s been a fabulous way to track movement and keep me motivated. But, even with a tool like this, there can be setbacks. For many months I’ve not reached my minimum daily step goal, and in turn have not hit my desired goal. So what do I do when things like this happen?
For those of us who live in snowy areas, we find it challenging to get outside and engage in regular walking and other outside exercise on a regular basis. We all do have opportunities for movement during the winter though. Yes, I am talking about shoveling snow. I found out one past winter, that although shoveling did provide an opportunity for lots of movement and a fabulous arm workout, it did not register many Fitbit steps. When all was said and done, I came inside and found only 3,000ish registered on my Fitbit. REALLY?! Continue reading “Let’s Get Moving Tip … Wintertime”→
Ready for another movement tip? Phone calls … a great way to connect and stay in touch with loved ones and friends. Sometimes I can get a bit chatty, I’ll admit it. Why not take advantage and grab your cordless or mobile phone and walk. Continue reading “Let’s Get Moving Tip … Phone Calls”→