The Well-Being Journal

It's never too late to start exercising

Jennifer Rudloff

Physical activity is important to people of all ages - it helps us control weight, combat health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes better sleep. It also helps to combat aging by improving strength, flexibility, balance and endurance which helps enable people to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. And when exercise becomes a social activity – it encourages new friendships, and adds an extra element of fun.

Well the seniors of Wheat Ridge have no shortage of friends to have fun with SilverSneakers® style. With more than 5,200 eligible Silver Sneakers members living within a five-mile radius, this community is invested in health. Learn more about this program, hear instructors talk about the program components, and get a sneak peak at some of the classes in action.

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Topics: Healthy Living Exercise Aging Fitness Seniors Prevention Silver Sneakers Healthways

Well-Being at Work: Tips for Working-In Your Work-Out

Jennifer Rudloff

Time (or a lack there of) is a common excuse for not exercising - but you don't have to let busy get in the way of you taking care of yourself. There are simple ways you can incorporate fitness into your daily routine. In this video Gloria Lunn, a personal trainer and health coach at Healthways, shares one of her favorite tips to work-in your work-out, even on busy days.

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Topics: Healthy Living Well-Being Exercise Weight Loss Fitness Health Wellness Healthways

How to Make the Time for Exercise

Jennifer Rudloff

We all know that exercise is good for us and is something we should do. However, we often forget or play victim to the excuse, “I just don’t have enough time.” Perhaps we overlook all that exercise has to offer us. Exercise does much more than make us look in shape - it can improve our quality of life, personally and professionally, in many many ways. As stated in our previous post those who exercise regularly see substantial differences in all of the WBI domains and rake in the benefits of feeling well rested, less stressed and overall more satisfied with their jobs. With that being said, in 2010 only 51.1% of Americans exercised regularly according to the WBI. So, how do we improve that number and overcome the phrase “I just don’t have enough time.”

In today’s fast- paced world we know exercise often drops to the bottom of our lists. To make sure that does not happen, and that exercise becomes part of our daily routine, we have come up with a list of ways you can incorporate it into your daily lives. Whether it is big or small – every little bit will help!

  1. When you’ve finished your lunch, don’t just sit there for the remainder of the break. Get up and walk around for 15/20 minutes. You’ll feel refreshed and it will give you an excuse to enjoy the nice summer weather outside.
  2. We live in the age of DVR. Instead of spending that 30 minutes to an hour on the couch watching a must see show – tape it and go for a run/walk around the block. It will be there when you get back.
  3. If you drive to work, don’t waste your time trying to find the closest available parking spot. Park far away from your detestation to get in some walking time and always take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  4. Don’t have time to work on those abs or biceps? Make the most of your TV time andgrab that exercise ball or any other at home workout accessories and do yourcircuits in front of the TV.
  5. If you own a treadmill or exercise bike, place them in front of your TV.
  6. Wake up in the morning and can’t fall back asleep? Get up and go for a morning jog.
  7. Don’t put off your outside chores. Mow the lawn, or plant new flowers. Your body will truly benefit.
  8. Get your family to participate with you. Round up the family and go for a walk at the end of the day. This will be a perfect opportunity to catch up on everybody’s day while getting a workout.

What are you doing to help yourself incorporate exercise into your routine?

Topics: Healthy Living Well-Being Exercise How To Stay Fit Fitness Health Wellness