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The "E" Word

By Sherri Sacconaghi, Posted February 11th, 2011


Exercise. People love it, or hate it. By now you know that I think proper nutrition is key to living a happy, healthy life. But nothing goes better with good nutrition than a nice side of exercise. For those of you who are groaning and ready to stop reading, stick with me, this has a happy ending.

I love to exercise. Shocker, I know. But this was not always the case. Early on, I fell into the sweat-to-eat category. I would slug it out on the elliptical day after day so I could partake in my favorite foods. It was purely calories in, calories out for me. I looked at exercise as just one more thing I had to cram into my day. Hard to stick to an exercise plan like that. All of that changed years ago when one day I headed out on a walk during my lunch break (I worked as the HR Director for a local nonprofit). At the same time, a co worker of mine was off for her walk so we walked together. It was fun. Time flew by, we vented about work, and we walked longer together than I would have alone. This became a daily habit. We began to challenge each other. Find harder routes with bigger hills. I looked forward to it and I began losing weight too. I broke up with the elliptical. This is when I made the connection that exercise can be fun IF you find what you enjoy. So many times when we hear the E word, we instantly think, gym and treadmill and BORING. Yes, if you are in training for a specific goal, like a half Marathon, or building muscle mass, there is some of that planned hard core exercise involved. For general fitness and health however, the options are limitless. Gardening, dancing (Zumba anyone?), hiking, shooting hoops with your kids, yoga. By doing some physical activity you enjoy, you can have a positive impact on:

  • Weight

  • Mood

  • General Health

Physical Activity has been shown to help prevent or minimize the risks associated with Hypertension, Osteoporosis, Diabetes and even cancer.

For general fitness it is important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five to seven days a week. More if you are trying to lose weight or reach a fitness goal. Ask yourself: “What is it that I would enjoy doing every day?” This may take some experimentation. Try a Pilates class, form a walking group at work, or get a great workout DVD from a friend. Don’t have time you say? If you have time to surf the web, chat on Facebook or watch TV, then you have time to exercise. So get up and get moving.

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Article by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
Ph: 503 621 7549

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