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Health - General Fitness

Simple Actions You Can Take

 

 

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Pay attention to what you eat
Start a food journal. Track what you eat and how you feel. After a couple of weeks you'll start to see patterns and you'll be able to adjust your food intake to improve your energy levels.
Learn about nutrition
Start by taking a class or turning to free resources on the Internet such as this government website http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/index.html. Compute your recommended daily intake of calories and start to fine tune your eating.
Consciously limit your junk food
Do away with excess sugars, fats and carbs. Start by limiting your intake of soda and sweets each day. Then move to eating them only once a week. Finally, only on special occasions.
Form a healthy cooking club
Grab some friends and try making healthy new recipes together. Doing this with friends will make it fun, interesting and you'll be more likely to stick with your new eating habits.
Get a physical
Talk to your doctor periodically about your health. Get an annual physical and see your physician any time something seems wrong—that's the best way to diagnose issues before they become big problems.
Commit to some daily exercise
There are tons of ways you can incorporate exercise into your daily routine: jump rope for a couple of minutes a day, take the stairs instead of an elevator, ride your bike or even walk to school.
Take up a sport
Taking up a sport that requires regular practice is a great way to stay in shape. Consider: running, tennis, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, etc.
Sign up for an event that requires training
Get in shape, make friends, accomplish a goal (triathlon, marathon, etc.), raise awareness of an issue and raise money for a cause all at the same time. Sign up for an athletic event that raises awareness for a cause such as Team in Training triathlons, an AIDS Ride or a Race for the Cure event.
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Did You Know

  • Almost 20% of American children are overweight.
  • 70% of overweight teens will grow into overweight or obese adults.
  • 50% of adults do not get enough physical activity.

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