I am running for my life..

Not literally but after attending the Mini-Med series lecture titled “Run for your life” put on by the University of British Columbia- Okanagan, I will continue to “run”. Ladies, we must move. The statistics, whether you like it or not, are there. The studies continue to show that our bodies were made to move. What’s the minimum you ask? 150 minutes per week. I can hear some of you groaning already. Dread overwhelming you. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be all at once. Even 10 minutes 3 times a day. But the message was clear. It does not matter what you do, brisk walking, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or downhill, tennis or swimming.

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This is one time when more just might be better. You cannot exercise too much. It is all about preventing disease. Heart Disease, Diabetes, Obesity, some cancers, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

Menopausal symptoms can be reduced and possibly eliminated. Menopause is not a disease. It is a phase of life.

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Exercise is better than medicine.

Do something that is fun. Do it with your husband, your kids, your friends.

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“Run for your life”!

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“The Heart Truth”…

I know….I have said it and have heard it time and time again, “I don’t have time” to fit in exercise. The Heart Truth is a national public health education campaign to raise awareness that heart disease and stroke is the #1 killer of women in Canada.

I had so much fun at the 1st Annual Red Dress Event” held in Kelowna on Saturday. The message: It’s time to re-set our priorities so that we can continue to enjoy the loved ones we spend so much time pouring ourselves out for. I don’t think this message is saying “it’s all about me” in a “me”  focused kind of way, but rather encouraging women to step back and do a survey of their lives. Prevention is what it is all about. Check out this link.

http://thehearttruth.ca/the-campaign/the-truth-is/

I love lists. I’ve taught my girls to make lists. It has served us well. Whenever I feel overwhelmed the first thing I do is sit down and make a “to do list”. I then review it , prioritize, scrutinize  and re-prioritize. I have learned that I need to schedule things in like exercise as if it was my job and I have to meal plan. These two things alone have made even the busiest times in my life more manageable. 

What do you do when you are overwhelmed with the busyness of life? Have you any tips to pass on to others about how to carve out time for exercise, to eat healthier, to get the rest you need, to take care of yourself?

Get Moving…

It seems like a distant memory, our bike trip to the Napa Valley in California, but we did cycle 337 km in 5 days and loved every minute. There was a few moments of questioning ourselves like when we got lost and when we had 10 miles to go at 3 in the afternoon and  the mercury hit 102 degrees Fahrenheit.  The support van was quite inviting, but we couldn’t do it. What a great feeling to pull in knowing we didn’t give up.

We’ve been home now for a couple of weeks and the temperatures have sure dropped. Getting out on a bike is cold so we are starting to think about some other ways to get exercise. This brings me to my main point.

I attended an education seminar last evening titled: “Staying Mobile: The Secret to Ageing Well? ” The take home message was simple:

We must exercise 30 minutes per day/5 days per week minimum to stay healthy as we age. Notice the emphasis on minimum. If we want significant health benefits then 60 minutes per day/5 days per week is recommended.

Watch this U-tube clip titled “23 1/2 Hours”…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo

The research is there. Over and over again, the research is saying that our health depends on it. We were made to move.  Start today. Start something. It’s never too late. You are never too old.