Thursday, September 13, 2012

Simple Ways to Exercise More

Today's blog is by a student intern from Texas State, Lindsay Smith.  We love having students post here because they always bring a fresh perspective and new ideas!

When it comes to being healthy, the truth is that you cannot just eat better and expect huge results. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine helps boost your metabolism, and therefore be a healthier person. You don't need to join an expensive gym or buy your own work-out equipment in order to partake in exercise! Instead you should bring in different kinds of movements into your daily routine to help boost your activity level. Small changes like walking your children to school, always taking the stairs wherever you go, and taking your kids outside to play with them will help in more ways than you think.

Don't want to do this alone? Invite the entire family along! One of the greatest things my family did when I was younger that kept all of us healthy was creating family Olympics. We would play a few games in our backyard every Saturday in order to get physical activity and to spend time together as a family. Another idea is to take a family walk or bicycle ride after dinner every night to get the body moving. So why should you put in this small effort and make a change? Well exercise not only aids in weight control, but it improves mood, boosts energy, and helps reduce the risk of a variety of diseases like type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. So my advice to all is get moving!