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Ways To Make Your Health Numbers Really Work

 

Most people trot into the doctor’s for annual tests and then carefully read their health numbers for blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and a dozen other items. Frequently, this helps get them back on track as the doctor spots problems and they wind up on new diets or with new prescriptions to avoid more serious health issues down the road.

But recently, as I joined friends for an outing, I began to wonder about all of the numbers in our lives and if we should be counting them too. We might be a lot healthier if we started to do a running count of how many times we laughed, smiled or took a quick break away from our desk. We could also start counting how many getaway trips we take on the weekends, when we always come up with great new pictures and lots of great new ideas.

Then how about counting the things we do at home to create a comfortable retreat. More barbecues, more special dinners, and more celebrations could be added to our health number total too. I am always amazed at how much better people look as they return from a special weekend.

Think about what else counts in your life

What should you give points to, that help you really relax? It could be those early morning runs, or that special watercolor or photo class. If you want to add new weight to those numbers from the doctor’s office, you might start a list of healthy in the field additions that will keep the healthy vibes going. More and more researchers and doctors are recommending those choices be ones that keep you moving too.

Good Moving Choices

The CDC.gov guidelines for activities suggests choices to raise your heart rate and break a sweat like walking fast, riding a bike with a few hills included, playing doubles tennis or doing water aerobics. Then over time you can move on to vigorous intensity aerobic activity that means you are breathing hard and fast and your heart rate has gone up. Try jogging or running, swimming laps, biking on hills, playing single tennis or basketball.

You can also back all of this up with some body strengthening that you can do at home or at the gym. Start lifting small weights and work your way up. Use resistance bands and learn ways to use your body weight for resistance too with yoga planks or regular pushups and situps. Work at home counts too with heavy gardening or garage projects.

As you choose new exercise routines start with the doctor’s checkup first and figure out where you should be for the best health results for you.

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