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By Jessica Van Eerde

Becoming Healthy Through Diet and Exercise Welcome to 2015! There’s nothing like the promise of a new year and a new beginning to push people towards healthy living. I’ll bet you can guess the number one New Year’s resolution people make each year. If you thought, “lose weight,” you’d be right. So, how does one accomplish that goal and do it in a healthy way? The key to not only a healthy weight but also a healthy lifestyle is diet and exercise. Over the next few issues, we will explore several different types of diets: the Paleo diet, a reduced calorie diet, the Atkins diet and juicing. We will also explore a healthy way of eating that is referred to as “mindful eating. In today’s issue we will discuss exercise: what are the benefits, what constitutes exercise and how often you should exercise. Exercise is a key element to becoming healthy. It is important to exercise daily not just to lose weight, but also to keep your body fit and functioning at its best. There are so many benefits to daily exercise besides weight loss that it would be impossible to list them all. Just for starters, consistent exercise can reduce the likelihood of heart attack and high blood pressure, improves mood and boosts energy. Exercise also promotes better sleep, both making it easier to fall asleep and enabling you to enter into a deeper, more restful

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sleep. Now that you know some of the benefits of exercise, let’s discuss what constitutes exercise. When people think of exercise they picture going to the gym or completing a work-out video at home. Certainly these are perfect examples of exercise but there are many other things you can do as well. The definition of exercise is “an activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness.” What this means is any activity that you enjoy, which requires a physical effort, can be considered exercise. The reason most exercise programs fail is that they aren’t something you really want to do. The most important thing is that you actually get your body moving; maybe the idea of running on a treadmill bores you but you love to dance, that would be a great way to have fun and get in your exercise. Take time to think outside the box. What types of physical things do you enjoy doing? Whatever they are, get up and do more of them! Now that you’re exercising, how often is too often? In the beginning especially, you don’t want to push your body too far too fast as this will lead to injuries, exhaustion, and burn-out. There is no set number of days per week or minutes per day, how much exercise your body can handle is something that will change over time. The most important thing is that you are engaging in daily activity and pushing yourself to new limits. Just remember: have fun, keep moving and enjoy the benefits of exercise! ¢

Heartland Living February-March 2015  
Heartland Living February-March 2015  

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