Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Summer isn't over yet...

Thats right summer isn't over yet. The sun is still shining. And guess what? You can still make a change in your life to be more healthy and active daily.

September is America On the Move’s national month long celebration highlighting the benefits of active living and healthy eating. While obesity rates are on the rise making these two small simple changes can help prevent the annual one to two pounds of yearly weight gain in adults:

  1. Move More – take 2,000 additional steps each day
  2. Eat Healthfully – Reduce your daily calorie intake by just 100 calories each day.
By entering the six-week STEPtember challenge (start date between August 17 - September 30), you will receive daily tips on nutrition and physical activity, have the ability to track your progress, and be eligible to win the grand prize. To find out more visit http://steptember.americaonthemove.org/

For ideas on how incorporate more daily activity and make better food choices check out some of the exercises of the week, sample workouts, and nutrition posts to help you be active and eat healthier.

Get started now. Be Active to Be Well.
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Exercise of the Week: Jump Rope

PREPARATION

  • Start with the jump rope in each hand.
  • Continue jumping up and down as you bring the jump rope under your feet.
  • Continue for the prescribed number of jumps or time.
PROCEDURE
  • Jump off the ground and start swinging the jump rope under your feet.
COACHING POINTS
  • Focus on jumping quickly and landing softly on the balls of you feet.
  • Turn jump rope by circling wrist and not turn entire arm.
  • Maintain controlled breathing throughout the movement
  • Start will slow movements then progress speed as your abilities increase.
TARGET
This total body exercise will develop your aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. You will feel it in the muscles of your shoulders, upper back, and upper or lower legs. This is a great portable exercise that you can pretty much do anywhere you have enough space.

Be Well.

This web site and its content does not provide medical advice and does not direct that you undertake any specific exercise or fitness regimen. You must consult a physician before undertaking any activity described in this web site.