Five Easy Steps You Can do to Stay in Shape
Noticing I was not following all the healthy living ideas I was reading about and know about as a nurse, I overhauled my life this January. I started by joining a Pilate’s class. If you are like me and have trouble following a healthy life style this is an easy way to start. Here are the five easy steps I took.
- 1— Join an exercise class.
Even though I walk one or two miles a day I wasn’t exercising for strength. I noticed I was loosing muscle mass. I tried and failed at lifting weights on my own at home. A class with others as the motivation has worked for me. I joined a Pilate’s class that meets Tuesday’s and Fridays. This gave me one day to recover between classes.
- 2— Eat protein for muscle growth
I noticed I felt weak during and after class if I didn’t eat enough protein. So now before class I eat a protein at breakfast. An egg or a protein drink like Odwalla helps me tremendously.
- 3— Eat vegetables for fiber and vitamins
I love vegetables and prefer them over fruit. Even so it’s hard to meet the five daily requirements and I take a supplement to make sure I do. Sometimes I will add an artificial fiber to my day to keep me regular. This is not an advertisement but Activa works for me. I also make sure I drink lots of water.
- 4— Take a multi vitamin
With my poor eating habits I know I don’t meet all the vitamin requirements so I take a multi vitamin without herbs to make sure they’re met. I’m sure I wouldn’t get enough C or B vitamins without it. And even though I love milk and drink it everyday I’ve been taking extra calcium for years. As a nurse I’ve long been aware of the dangers of low calcium that shows up in poor bone mass as osteoporosis or painful menstruation.
- 5— Do stretches during the day
As a writer I sit in front of my computer for hours everyday. I get up every two hours or so to stretch my back with my arms above my head .It leaves my neck and shoulders feeling much better. It gets rid of that computer campiness. And the stretches even take the shape of a break when I include a back strengthening exercise. Sometimes I will walk around my property for a ten minute thinking break.
I have continued walking with my husb at least one or two miles a day. This helps me sleep and helps my back. I have a terrible back and walking regularly is one of the best things for it.
What have you found helps you the most to keep in shape? Do you have a favorite way to keep healthy?
- The Osteoporosis Prevention Diet (everydayhealth.com)
- Nutrition and osteoporosis: Why food is your best bet (vanguardngr.com)
- Taking a Daily Multivitamin (everydayhealth.com)
- Bone Up on Calcium? (everydayhealth.com)