Summertime provides so many great opportunities to get out and get moving. We all want to avoid the “inside fat” reported lately – the fat which forms around your internal organs and can lead to a host of health problems. Even people who appear thin can be fat on the inside. The best way to keep the “inside fat” at bay is exercise, but 30 to 60 minutes a day can be hard to fit into a busy life.
Why not take advantage of the Summer chores? Mowing your lawn for 30 minutes is equivalent to any other type of moderately intense exercise — of course, it doesn’t count on a riding lawn mower!)
Pulling weeds, planting and other gardening activities are less intense, but if you do them for 60 minutes you still get the benefit of 30 minutes of moderately intense activity! Even washing the car counts in this way.
Hauling mulch or other landscaping is more intense and just 20 minutes will fulfill your 30 minute goal.
Don’t have a lawn to mow? Check around your neighborhood, there probably is an elderly neighbor who could use some help. Or find other activities to get you up and moving.
An active body is a healthy body. Avoid the “inside fat” with daily activity to Energize Your Life and Embrace Your Heart!
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Eliz Greene is the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Health. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.
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