This YouTube video by Dr. Mike Evans has done the best job yet, emphasizing the importance of physical activity not just on weight but health as well. Exercise is the medicine that all of us need no matter our body shape, weight, health or size. Low fitness is the strongest predictor of death, so if you want to live a long and health life like I do, then we better figure out the best ways to keep ourselves active.
The Single Best Thing You Can Do For Your Health
“Walking is Man’s Best Medicine.” – Hippocrates
After watching this youtube clip I realized I have not been as mindful as I could around being more active during my day. I exercise most days of the week for at least an hour, but when I look at the rest of my day, there is a lot of sitting and screen time. How am I going to change that? Get out my Pedometer and start wearing it. At the end of the summer my pedometer’s battery died and every since then I have not fixed it or put it back on. A silly excuse if you ask me, considering the pay off of added years to my life if I took more steps.
In my Wellness group I have an amazing women who has taking her steps seriously. She was that person who was not that active at all, but invested in a quality pedometer. She wears that pedometer every day, pushing herself day in and day out to get more and more steps. Last we checked in with her, she is walking 12,000 steps per day or more! She takes a serious look around at her day to day life and sees where she can fit in that extra walk or flights of stairs. She travels a lot for work and has a responsibility of leading meetings. To ensure she get her extra steps while traveling, she scheduled a walk each morning as part of the agenda. It is an optional portion of the meeting for everyone accept her! She is the meeting leader and it would look pretty bad if the meeting leader did not show up for the morning walk, she scheduled. It was a brilliant idea and she has inspired so many people around her and in her wellness group to get those steps, including me!
My challenge for you this week is to grab a pedometer and wear it each day. Push yourself to increase your steps each day. My goal for the month is to get 10,000 steps per day. Join me in adding years to our lives, one step at a time!