Healthy Habit: Get Active



Quick Reference to Dr. A’s Habits of Health:

  • Ch 15 – NEAT
  • Ch 16 – EAT
  • Living a Longer, Healthier Life Companion Guide: Lessons 11 – 12

HOH Books

YogaHealthy Habit of the Week: Activity

It is no surprise that research has shown that prolonged sitting is associated with many detrimental changes in our body, including reduced fat metabolism, muscle atrophy, muscle function, and increases our risk of sedentary lifestyle-related diseases. Moving our bodies is a Habit of Health that is not only good for weight loss, but for the rest of our lives!!

Here are some suggestions for burning extra calories during your day (we call these NEAT points!):

  • Walk to a water fountain (H2O is essential for losing and maintaining ahealthy weight)
  • Walk to a colleague’s office instead of calling or emailing.
  • Store things you need out of reach so you have to get up and walk to get them.
  • Walk to a park and eat lunch instead of ordering in.
  • Try to take standing breaks at home, too – whether you’re talking on the phone or watching TV.
  • Take a walking break instead of a coffee break.
  • Do wall push-ups while you wait for copies.
  • Program your computer to alert you to get up for a short walk every hour or so.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Park a couple of blocks from work, increase your walking distance.

Start Moving your body by the end of the 1st month in weight loss! Find an activity you like- start with walking!

Teach at least one friend about the benefits of exercise and encourage them to increase their activity and improve their health habits. It’s the little positive changes we make every day that have the biggest long-term impact on our health!

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About leisatwatkins

In May 2011, I hit an all time low in my life and an all time high in my weight. I was 199 pounds and the idea of hitting 200 scared me. I had tried every known diet, HCG, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the grapefruit diet. I'd even tried Phen-phen when I was younger and Dexatrim before that. While I'd lose a little weight, I would always gain it back and then more. I knew the yo-yo dieting was not healthy for my body and it was definitely wreaking havoc on my mental wellness. I didn't know what to do and I was looking into taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight. That's when a friend of mine told me his story about losing over 200 pounds without pills, surgery, or starving himself. Not only did he lose the weight, but he kept it off. What did I have to lose? I asked him to share the secret with me. Now, only six short months later, I weigh 140 lbs and am working on losing 5 more. That will put me back to my weight that I was in HS, college, and before I had children. And I've done it with my friend's help as my Health Coach, without starving or even exercising, although I love to walk everyday. I haven't felt hungry at all in this process. How many "diets" can say that? I feel fantastic! I've felt great since the first week on this program. Let me be very clear about this. This is NOT a diet. This is not something you do for a little while, lose the weight, then go back to your old eating habits. This program is a life changing plan to help you eat healthier, make food choices that are tailored to your body, and bring you to a state of optimal physical health. If like me, you are tired of diets that don't work, then let me show you a life style plan that does.

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