Take this little step to help lose those pandemic pounds

What mystery activity can reduce your stress and increase your metabolism? It can lower your blood pressure and improve your mood and help you lose weight too!

It only takes 10 minutes and it’s easy.

It’s exercise!

Those pandemic pounds just crept on so easily. It doesn’t seem fair that the pounds went on so easily, does it?

But we will not let our self esteem be decided by a few extra pounds!

We have some little steps to health that we are taking together.

First we switched to a smaller plate as an easy way to reduce our portion size.

Then we made water our main beverage, swapping it for pop and juice.

Our next little step is to move our bodies for 10 minutes everyday.

We need to make sure that moving our bodies in a fun way is a regular routine!

Most of us think that exercise has to be tough to make a difference.

But today I want to encourage you to just get moving.

Dr. Timothy Church, director of Preventive Medicine Research at Louisiana State University says that:

“When overweight or obese sedentary women walked 10 minutes a day at a low speed, comparable to a stroll in the Mall, they increased their peak oxygen consumption- a measure of cardiovascular fitness – by 4.2 percent compared to women who stayed on the sidelines.”

Just a nice stroll makes a difference!

If you are new to exercise then walking is a great choice.

Begin by getting your doctor’s permission if you have significant health issues.

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Then start with 2 five-minute periods of exercise – walking is easy to do and all you need is space and a pair of shoes.

Everyone can find 10 minutes in their day!

Walking outside is my favorite exercise.

My walk may be more like a ‘stomp’ as I burn off steam. It is my best strategy to beat stress.

I walk with my husband most evenings.

When winter comes we often walk in a nearby Mall. It’s warm and dry and free.

When we don’t walk together I use a walking DVD.

I really like Leslie Sansone’s walking DVDs. I own dozens of them.

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There are no crazy dance steps. Just walking, side steps, kicks, and knee lifts.

She has real women like us walk with her.

Leslie is in her forties and a great encourager.

She has posted quite a few of her walks on YouTube.

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If walking is difficult, then try some chair exercises.

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I recommend Anne Burnell. Her programs improve strength, flexibility, energy, and coordination, and are all done in a chair.

Click on this link Chair exercises. This video is about 8 minutes long.

With a few clicks on our computer or a smartphone, we will be all set and ready for a little bit of exercise.

If the computer is not for you then set a timer and just walk inside your home.

Exercise doesn’t have to be hard to make a difference, especially when just starting out.

Say it with me and believe it – every little step makes a difference! 

Today’s little step: Find two 5 minutes periods in your day to move your body. Find an activity you enjoy and do it!

What do you currently do to move your body? What works for you?

Peace be with you,

Dixie

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I'm your supporter, encourager and challenger in your quest to be healthy and well. Come walk with me on the path of health and well being. Every little step makes a difference!

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