March 7, 2008
Fitness First: Live well. Work well.
In addition to trimming your waistline, regular exercise and healthy eating will help you feel better, think more clearly, and live a longer, healthier life!
Did you know…?
If you burn at least 150 extra calories per day, you significantly reduce your risk in developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, colon cancer, anxiety and depression?
How much exercise do you need?
Exercise should be fairly comfortable for you. Your pace should be just below the point at which you start to breathe quickly. Exercising at this pace produces two desirable results: it mobilizes fat burning and helps you develop endurance. This means that for maximum fat burning, longer, slower exercise is more beneficial than short, strenuous workouts. If you are reasonably fit and are exercising at the proper pace, you should burn between 400 and 600 calories per hour during any aerobic exercise. This includes riding a stationary bicycle, walking or running on a treadmill or using a stair climber.
Don’t begin your exercise program too ambitiously. The key to success is to start slowly and increase the difficulty of your workouts as you become more fit. Those that overdo it experience muscle soreness, become discouraged, and quit. Rather than trying to run three miles on your first day, begin by running a mile and increasing your distance as your fitness level improves. Most important, remember that feeling dizzy or ill is your body’s way of telling you that you are working too hard. If this happens, take a rest from your exercise or stop your workout for the day.
Counting calories means trimming the fat.
The media is full of widely varying reports on how to lose or maintain weight. It’s no wonder that you may be confused about what foods to eat and what to avoid. Most experts agree that eating a well-balanced diet low in fat is the key to losing weight. Since fat contains more than twice the calories of carbohydrates or protein, high fat food equates to higher calories. While lowering your fat intake is important, it is also important to monitor your calorie intake. Your ideal caloric intake depends on your age, body size, and level of activity. Generally, women ages 23 to 50 need an average of 2,000 calories per day, while men require about 2,700 calories per day.
For more information about healthful eating, visit www.mypyramid.gov. As always, please consult your physician before starting a diet and exercise plan.
These health and wellness tips for your work, home and life are brought to you by the insurance and healthcare specialists at HRH of Ohio. For more information about the CBA member benefits available through HRH, please contact Mike Turney at 614/326.4875 or via email at email@example.com.