Monday, February 1, 2010

American Heart Month - Get Active

Well, I must admit that ever since Dylan was born, our level of activity has been limited.  First I was recovering from surgery, and then it was winter.  I don't want to take him out in the freezing cold to exercise, and there isn't much room to move around inside our little house.  We tend to shy away from exercise for the sake of exercise.  We would rather be doing some type of activity, like hiking or playing a game.  Plus, I need new tennis shoes since my feet grew during pregnancy and it looks like they will never go back.  

Excuses, excuses.. I know...  

Since there are so many important benefits to exercising, we really need to start making it a priority.  Chad and I have trouble finding the time and the energy.  So cheer us on (and we'll do the same for you!) as we try to find creative ways to incorporate exercise back into our lives.  With the days getting longer and warmer weather on the way soon, we hope it will get easier for us. 

Some of the benefits according the the American Heart Association website (we already know these, but reading the list helps motivate me a little more):
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood circulation throughout the body
  • Helps manage blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Boosts energy level
  • Helps manage stress
  • Improves the ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well
  • Counters anxiety and depression and increases enthusiasm and optimism
  • Establishes good heart-healthy habits in children
Here are some tips on easy ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily life:


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