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Put walking on your menu to maintain good health

Published on Monday, February 17, 2014


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Habits of Active Living

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I’ve attached this picture of the salad I made for lunch Sunday. The radish was the perfect shape of a heart to remind me that love can come in the shape of a healthy lunch/dinner for you and the ones you cherish.

I’ve attached this picture of the salad I made for lunch Sunday. The radish was the perfect shape of a heart to remind me that love can come in the shape of a healthy lunch/dinner for you and the ones you cherish.

In today's world, we're all so busy that any electronic device, machine, or shortcut that makes our daily tasks easier becomes ever more desirable. But while these tools do provide comfort and ease to our lifestyles, they're also robbing us of our health. Who would have thought that a remote control or automatic dishwasher had such power?

Which brings us to your new Weekly Habit of Health: Set aside 30 minutes a day for walking. This may sound like a lot, but it's a small investment to make that will offer a huge return.

Walk somewhere nice and peaceful. Enjoy it. Listen to some music, or find an audio book or podcast to help you pass the time, if you prefer. If your health coach has you doing this already, this lesson will help you to understand why.

We need a habit like walking 30 minutes a day because we humans are no longer active enough to support a healthy level of energy expenditure that keeps our cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems healthy.

Yet trying to use exercise as a substitute for an active lifestyle fails for most of us — first, because there are so many barriers to exercise and second, because for those of us who are overweight or obese, exercise may be too challenging and may even put us at risk.

Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen

Co-Founder, Take Shape For Life

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