Fitness Hack: Big Dividends Await Those Who Exercise

The Impact of Physical Activity on Your Health

Regular physical activity can produce long-term health benefits. It can help:

  • Prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke (the three leading health-related causes of death)
  • Control weight
  • Make your muscles stronger
  • Reduce fat
  • Promote strong bone, muscle, and joint development
  • Condition heart and lungs
  • Build overall strength and endurance
  • Improve sleep
  • Decrease potential of becoming depressed
  • Increase your energy and self-esteem
  • Relieve stress
  • Increase your chances of living longer

When you are not physically active, you are more at risk for:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

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Health Hack: Step it Up

Even if you go to the gym six days a week, the real key to lifelong fitness is to simply be more active and walk more in your day to day life. Try making a conscious effort to walk whenever and wherever you can: to the grocery store, to get your afternoon coffee or go on a post-dinner stroll with your family. Try and aim for at least 10,000 steps a day.

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Today’s Reflection: Change Your View, Change Your Life

Where you stand determines what you see and what you do not see; it determines also the angle you see it from; a change in where you stand changes everything. ~ Steve de Shazer

Pass ~ Edmund Vance Cooke

Pass


Edmund Vance Cooke


Did somebody give you a pat on the back?
Pass it on!
Let somebody else have a taste of the snack,
Pass it on!
If it heightens your courage, or lightens your pack,
If it kisses your soul, with a song in the smack,
Maybe somebody else has been dressing in black;
Pass it on!
God gives you a smile, not to make it a yawn;
Pass it on!
Did somebody show you a slanderous mess?
Pass it by!
When a brook's flowing by, will you drink at the cess?
Pass it by!
Dame Gossip's a wanton, whatever her dress;
Her sire was a lie and her dam was a guess,
And a poison is in her polluting caress;
Pass it by!
Unless you're a porker, keep out of the sty.
Pass it by!
Did somebody give you an insolent word?
Pass it up!
'T is the creak of a cricket, the pwit of a bird;
Pass it up!
Shake your fist at the sea! Is its majesty blurred?
Blow your breath at the sky! Is its purity slurred?
But the shallowest puddle, how easily stirred!
Pass it up!
Does the puddle invite you to dip in your cup?
Pass it up!

Today’s Reflection: You’re Needed

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There’s too much work to do. ~ Dorothy Day

Today’s Reflection: Moving Beyond the Pain

Nobody escapes being wounded. We are all wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is . . . ‘How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?’ When our wounds . . . become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers. ~ Henri Nouwen