Monday, August 21, 2017

Health & Fitness for Busy People #OpenBook Blog Hop

I laughed when I saw the subject for this week's blog, because my workplace is one of those that "encourages" employees to take measures to be healthy. And even though I know it's supposed to be caring and help reduce insurance costs, it feels intrusive. I participate, but only in ways that I self-report.

And no one ever counts everyday activities as workouts. Cleaning house? You bet that burns calories. Ditto for doing yard work. You burn as many calories shoveling snow as you do when running, but I bet your fitness app doesn't tell you that.

So I'm probably not the best expert on "official" ways to stay healthy. But there are a few things I do.

Watch your eating. No, I'm not saying to give up all the things that taste good but are "unhealthy." Just eat smaller portions. Leave half of your french fries on your plate. You don't need to finish off the huge pile of spaghetti. Eating it won't help the starving children in Africa.  But like your mother told you, eat more fruit and vegetables.

Walk. As simple as that. Going down a few floors? Don't take the elevator. Going up a few floors? Same deal. If five flights of stairs is too many, work up to it. Start with one or two, then add another. And another. You'll get there. Is there one of those moving walkways in your path? It's okay to take it, but don't stand there and let it do all the work. Walk (stay to your left!) and you'll get to the end twice as fast. Better yet, walk around it.

Do you have a desk job? I suggest you fidget. I realize it may annoy your neighbors in the cube farm, so do it quietly. Tap your foot on carpet instead of tapping your pen. Play with your spinner while talking on the  phone. Studies have shown that you can burn up to 350 calories in a day if you fidget, and every little bit helps.

Last but not least. Watch out for the goodies that your co-workers love to bring and share. One piece of birthday cake a month isn't bad, but five or six start to add up. And, if possible, avoid the desks where people keep a bowl of candy. The temptation is real.

It's all very common sense, but sometimes hard to do. I know. I'm not the poster child for health and fitness movement. Some days I do good and other days we won't talk about. But I don't let my small failures discourage me from trying again.

I wonder what tips I can pick up from everyone else. Let's go find out by following the links below!

August 21, 2017 - Health & Fitness for Busy People – What little things do you do to stay healthy? Food, exercise, special vitamins, clothing, shoes, etc. What do you do that could help someone else.
1. Link your blog to this hop.
2. Notify your following that you are participating in this blog hop.
3. Promise to visit/leave a comment on all participants' blogs.
4. Tweet/or share each person's blog post. Use #OpenBook when tweeting.
5. Put a banner on your blog that you are participating.

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