Use it or Lose it

Use it or Lose it

“The only way you can hurt the body is to not use it.” -Jack LaLanne, fitness icon who died Sunday at age 96.

In 1936, a time when lifting weights was taboo, Jack LaLanne opened his first fitness studio. He spread the message that being active and eating healthy is something you do for the rest of your life.

The exercise equipment he used with his TV audience: a chair and a towel.

Opportunities to be active are everywhere. If your excuse is you don’t have the $$ to join the gym or you do not have the time to get to the gym – I am here to get you over that obstacle. You can simply use your own body, a chair, your couch, the floor, your stairs, etc to be active. If you want to buy one piece of exercise equipment – I suggest a pedometer. This little device will encourage you to move. Set a goal for yourself. Give yourself incentives. Have someone else hold you accountable. Whatever it takes. Taking 8,000-10,000 steps per day is associated with weight loss.

Beyond weight loss, beyond fitting into your spring clothes, is your health. Why not live your best life? YOU are in control of this. Today is the time to take responsibility for your health and get up and MOVE. It is bitter cold here in CT and trust me, you will feel a whole lot warmer if you MOVE around. So put on your favorite song and dance around, climb your stairs a few times, race your kids around your basement. Exercise exists in many forms. Find what works for you and MOVE.

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