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Slimtree’s Helpful Health Information – Fulfilling Fitness And Health Tips

Slimtree understands the current state of health in this country. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to offer you fitness and health tips whenever we can. The helpful health information we offer our customers is designed to help guide you through the process of not only getting in shape but staying healthy .Our physical fitness tips will also help improve your well being and your peace of mind. Through a variety of well researched facts along with a team of certified experts, our physical fitness tips cover a broad range of information and topics that you can use for reference or as helpful advice you can even pass on to others.

Fitness problems, such as obesity, have reached a truly epidemic proportion in the United States. In the last 10 years, obesity rates have increased by more than 60 percent among adults. In 1999, 61 percent of the adult population was either overweight or obese. With the current epidemic we have to do everything we can to stay healthy because the obesity epidemic impacts other diseases as well. For example, the incidence of type II diabetes, a major consequence of obesity, is on the rise. Among U.S. adults, diagnosed diabetes increased 49 percent from 1990 to 2000.

The rate of increase in obesity among young people has been even steeper. This is particularly troubling since many of the behaviors that lead to adult obesity are established during childhood. Just 10 years ago, type II diabetes was virtually unknown in children and adolescents. Indeed, the medical community commonly referred to the condition as "adult onset diabetes." Today, it accounts for almost 50 percent of new cases of pediatric diabetes in some communities. Medical complications associated with obesity in children can lead to hospitalizations for type II diabetes, sleep apnea, and asthma. Since 1980, the percentage of children who are overweight has nearly doubled, and the percentage of adolescents who are overweight has nearly tripled. Almost nine million young Americans, or about 15 percent of all children, are overweight.

Source: http://www.healthierus.gov/exercise.html

Think about your weekly or daily schedule and look for or make opportunities to be more active. Every little bit helps. Consider the following suggestions:

  • Walk, cycle, jog, skate, etc., to work, school, the store, or place of worship.

  • Park the car farther away from your destination.

  • Get on or off the bus several blocks away.

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.

  • Play with children or pets. Everybody wins. If you find it too difficult to be active after work, try it before work. 

  • Take fitness breaks-walking or doing desk exercises-instead of taking cigarette or coffee breaks.

  • Perform gardening or home repair activities.

  • Avoid labor-saving devices-turn off the self-propel option on your lawn mower or vacuum cleaner.

  • Use leg power-take small trips on foot to get your body moving.

  • Exercise while watching TV (for example, use hand weights, stationary bicycle/treadmill/stairclimber, or stretch).

  • Dance to music.

  • Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes in your car and office. You'll be ready for activity wherever you go!

  • Make a Saturday morning walk a group habit.

  • Walk while doing errands.

 
Tips for People Who Have Been Inactive for a While

Use a sensible approach by starting out slowly.

  • Begin by choosing moderate-intensity activities you enjoy the most. By choosing activities you enjoy, you'll be more likely to stick with them.

  • Gradually build up the time spent doing the activity by adding a few minutes every few days or so until you can comfortably perform a minimum recommended amount of activity (30 minutes per day).

  • As the minimum amount becomes easier, gradually increase either the length of time performing an activity or increase the intensity of the activity, or both.

  • Vary your activities, both for interest and to broaden the range of benefits.

  • Explore new physical activities.

  • Reward and acknowledge your efforts.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/life/tips.htm

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