September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Did you know that according to the CDC, 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese? Working in at least three days of activity for 30 minutes on your family calendar every week will help keep you and your family healthy. Keep in mind that kids should also get about 60 minutes of play a day. Here a few ideas to help your family get moving:
Take turns choosing an activity for the entire family. This way everyone gets to do an activity they enjoy.
If you are watching TV together, have fitness challenges during the commercial breaks. Try doing jumping jacks, sit-ups or push-ups through the whole commercial.
Go for a family walk. It can be around your neighborhood, or head to a local park.
Create a scavenger hunt with items you can find outside or in the home.
These are just a few ideas to get you moving. Kids are recommended to get at least 60 minutes of activity everyday. Eating healthy also plays an important role in maintaining a healthy weight. For more ideas to get active, and eating healthy, check out Let’s Move!
If you have some fun family activities or healthy recipes, leave us a comment below!
Continuing with the New Year and the topic of weight loss, has anyone tried My Fitness Pal? It is a free app and website that you can use to help track your nutrition and exercise.
Here at Moda I am coordinating a 10 week New Year’s Resolution Challenge that consists of 3 circuit training workouts a week. Each workout is just 30 minutes long. Along with the workouts we will also be tracking our exercise and nutrition using My Fitness Pal. This was our first week and I am feeling really motivated! Read More
Recently I heard about an app that lets you not only track your distance, but also gives back to charities at the same time. Sounds cool, right? It’s called Charity Miles.
All you have to do is download the app, pick your favorite charity, and go. As you walk, run or bike they will track your distance and the money earned. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile.
When you’re done, the app gives an option to share your success - including the money you raised for your charity of choice – through your Facebook and Twitter feeds.
With it nearing the end of January, I thought I would check in. Did you make a fitness related resolution? If you are losing your momentum, make sure that you set realistic expectations. It is recommended to get:
30 minutes of moderately intense cardio five days a week Or 20 minutes of vigorously intense cardio 3 days a week And 8 to 10 strength-training exercises, eight to 12 repetitions of each twice a week
There are many people who will not reach these goals because they simply loathe exercising. Today’s blog post is particularly intended for those people who would like to exercise, but find that the traditional methods (going to the gym, running on the track, swimming laps, etc.) to difficult. Some activity is better than no activity.
Here are a few helpful ideas on combining exercise with fun activities to keep you moving.
The Northwest is great because there are so many healthy activities that go on rain or shine. As it gets cold, I understand that it is tempting to sit inside with little activity but this is a perfect opportunity to redefine exercise. Sure you could run on the treadmill or join a gym but there is so much more you can do! Look into local activities like a walk or run for charity or check out these alternative ideas and let me know what you think. I had fun making the list!
1. Go for a walk around the neighborhood to see harvest decorations.
2. Make your morning walk indoors in the mall. Window shop while you are at it.
3. Stretch at home by the fireplace or by a heating vent.
The Season 8 finale of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) just announced Melanie Moore, a 19-year-old from Marietta, Georgia as “America’s Favorite Dancer”. As a fan of the show, and fellow ballet dancer for 20 years, I watched last night’s episode with excitement. Melanie shows such strength and grace in each of her performances. I think her audition for the show was her best performance as it showcases her raw talent.
Along with the title, she also won a $250,000 prize. Melanie won 47% of the votes in the last episode. She plans to return to college and study dance and choreography. A big congratulations to Melanie!
Dancing can be great exercise. Be inspired by America’s Favorite Dancer and make it a goal this week to get up and dance!
This has been a question on my mind lately. With a busy work schedule it is often difficult to find time to exercise. Instead of making a drastic schedule shift, which usually leads to disappointment after a few weeks, I have been thinking on ways to incorporate exercise into what I am already doing. You would be surprised how fast it all adds up. Here are a few ideas I’ve had to get moving. Now that it’s spring, you can start to think about outdoors activities again. Can you add anything to my list? Let’s get creative! Read More
Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? If so, how are you doing? I have decided that my resolution is to get back on track with healthy eating and exercise. This is a very common goal for most people on January 1st. Trust me when I say that everyone struggles with this. Read More
Last Friday, I participated in my first ever PARK(ing) Day. The best thing about living in Portland has been having the unique opportunity to experience new things that the city has to offer. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event with the idea to reclaim the city with greenery, and specifically environmentally conscious displays, in what would normally be a concrete parking spot. I was lucky enough to participate through ODSFounded in 1955, The ODS Companies (ODS) is a multi-faceted organization that provides dental, medical, and professional liability insurance products, along with a variety of business services including dental practice management software and benefits administration. with a PARK(ing) spot and also take a city Bike Pedal Tour of other beautiful downtown PARK(ing) spots. Read More