Thanksgiving left you feeling like a stuffed turkey? Want to shed those holiday pounds before the next round of celebrations, feasts, holiday parties, and other holiday events? The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) provides several ideas for avoiding and shedding those extra holiday pounds. Whether you’re shedding a few extra pounds or getting ready to start a New Year’s Resolution here are a few facts and tips to help you meet your fitness and health goals. It is recommended that you to get a physical and clearance from a Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant prior to starting a new exercise regime especially if you have led a fairly sedentary lifestyle for some time. It is important to monitor target heart rate during activity you can target heart rate guidelines provided by the American Heart Association by clicking here.
The CDC recommends that adults get at least 2 ½ hours of exercise each week combined in at least two days per week. They further recommend adults do some weight bearing exercises at least two days a week contributing to toned muscles and strengthening bones as well. There are many activities that adults can do to meet these goals. Brisk walking, sit-ups, push-ups, resistance bands, heavy duty yard work such as snow shoveling or raking, and hand held weights are some activities to help you meet your fitness goals.
It is recommended that children get at least an hour of exercise each day. Bike riding, walking, football, soccer, baseball, and basketball are a few of the sports children can do to help meet their fitness goals. Skating, skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing are all good winter activities to have fun, exercise, and burn off energy at the same time.
Here are some good fitness related links:
CDC (Centers for Disease Control)
Be Physically Active in the New Year
Winter Holiday Health E-cards
Healthy Weight is isn’t a fad, it’s a lifestyle (BMI Calculator)
Health Club Directory Twin Cities
Healthy Eating and Dietary Planning, My Pyramid
Play 60 (NFL and Dairy Council Partnership)
Skiing, Snowboarding, & Snow tubing in Twin Cities
Target Heart Rates- American Heart Association