Monday, March 29, 2010

Get Active!

Here is the latest email from Dr. Jacobs.

Easy Ways to Get Active

Your street has no sidewalks, your office is on the highway, and the gym isn't a stop on the way. We hear you. Plenty of people like you don't have easy access to activity. So you have to make it yourself. (With physical activity having more health benefits than a celeb has paparazzi, we don't accept excuses!) Try these simple strategies:

• Move your stationary bike from your garage (or out from under the pile of clothes in the bedroom), and put it in front of your TV so you can get 60 minutes in during your favorite show.

• Fidget! Find an excuse to move wherever you are. Clear the dishes. Stand up and walk in circles while you're on the phone. Walk over and talk to coworkers instead of IM-ing them.

• Keep a set of dumbbells at work, and do an upper-body exercise for 30 seconds when the clock hits the hour. Or every time your boss says, "We need to control costs," drop and do 20 push-ups. Military style. Okay . . . after 2 months, do them military style. You'd be surprised how much you can do when you are persistent.

• Do this ab exercise while you work, ride the elevator, wait in line, and walk: Pretend the top of your head is being pulled by a string to the ceiling. Then, squeeze your butt and suck in your belly button - hold that position as long as you can.

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