Let’s Get Physical!
Physical activity is an imperative building block to a healthy lifestyle for EVERYONE and can greatly contribute to positive long-term health benefits. Obesity as well as many preventative diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, are at an all-time high, so being active is critical to those of all ages – adults, children and seniors. Getting youth active at a young age helps set them on a positive path to healthy lifestyle habits. If you are an adult and not living as active a lifestyle as you would like, don’t worry! It’s NEVER too late to start being active.
Being active is easier than you may think and should be enjoyable – it’s as simple as taking a walk, stretching, or playing a sport that you enjoy. It is important to be creative and find ways to mix up daily activity.
Some examples are:
- Take the dog for a walk or jog
- Ride your bike versus driving
- Take the stairs whenever available
- Stretch during commercial breaks
- Participate in a sport such as golf, tennis, basketball, etc.
- Go for a hike at a nearby park
- Take dance lessons
- Participate in group fitness classes
- Go for a swim
Start Small and Build Up
If you haven’t been active in a while start small and build up – something is better than nothing. Schedule fitness activities like you schedule appointments, planning increases your success of continuing healthy lifestyle habits. It is recommended by the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans a minimum 30 minutes per day for adults and 1 hour for children, 4-5 times per week.
Stay hydrated! As we go through the summer months it is critical to stay hydrated. Drinking water throughout each day is important for your body’s daily function and overall well-being. During the summer months, we tend to lose more water from sweating in the heat. In turn, the more you sweat the higher your water intake should be.
Benefits of Staying Hydrated
Water makes up about 60% of our body, making it vital for almost every function. One main function, especially in the summer months, is regulating body temperature. Without adequate water intake, in excessive heat your body can easily dehydrate and result in heat exhaustion, or even worse, heat stroke. By drinking plenty of water you can cool your internal temperature and keep all organs functioning to their potential.
Other major benefits of staying hydrated are to aid in weight loss, improve overall mood, improve physical performance, reduce fatigue, prevent headaches or migraines, and even boost brain power.
As a general guideline you should drink ½ – 2/3 of your body weight (pounds) in ounces of water each day. Intake should increase as activity level increases.
Track Your Water Intake
It is important to track your daily water intake. If you have trouble keeping track of your water intake? Set alarms throughout the day to remind yourself the amount you should have consumed by that time of day! There are also several apps that will help you keep track of your water intake. Find one that works and use it! And remember, ALWAYS HAVE A WATER BOTTLE WITH YOU!
Taking the First Step
Adopting a more active lifestyle starts with a first step. Don’t overwhelm yourself and try to do everything all at once. Start small and take it one day at a time.
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About the Author
Growing up with an abundance of energy, McKenzie Stern could usually be found practicing an active lifestyle, participating in multiple sports including gymnastics, competitive cheerleading, soccer, flag football and swimming. After high school she attended Florida State College at Jacksonville and graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program specializing in rehab. While completing her internship for the program graduation McKenzie started working at a fitness facility as a personal trainer and fell in love.
With her rehab background she has been able to help multiple people improve their functional abilities, as well as challenge them to try things they never deemed possible – striving to take people’s weakness and transform it into their most prized strength. With a mindful approach, McKenzie’s passion is to help people become healthier and more functionally active as a lifestyle adaptation. Going on her 10th year in the fitness, health and wellness industry, she loves to work with all types of goals, including general weight loss/management, increasing functional abilities, core, balance, stability and building lean muscle.
McKenzie has been a resident of the Fort Lauderdale area for 4 years and is head fitness instructor at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. She also helps private clients throughout Eastern Fort Lauderdale. To inquire about personal training or wellness you can email McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.