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Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 08:05 am

Fighting the Fat

The name of this blog might be “Get FIT,” but that seems to be getting harder for more and more Americans.

I know awareness on the issue of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. is improving, but are our habits really becoming healthier?

A lot of times I think living a healthy lifestyle can be perceived as stiff or rigid. Stick to a diet. Exercise every day. Follow a steady sleeping schedule. Boring. That’s really not motivational. It’s just boring.

The boredom is what turns so many people away, I think. And then they start to slip further and further away from being healthy. (We all know the ‘I already ate one cookie, so what’s another?’ routine pretty well)

Well you know what? We are all capable, creative individuals and I know we are up to the challenge of taking on a new health goal or two.

This WebMD article brings a bit of hope, mentioning the simple, yet effective point that the smallest of steps, no matter how minor, do indeed have an impact on your health. But keep in mind making a quick change, like taking a brisk walk for as little as 10 minutes, isn’t the solution -- it’s just a really good start.

So, you took the walk. Now all you have to do is build on that creativity. It’s just a matter of opening up your mind, body and all other available faculties to creative new healthy possibilities. Think small, but maybe think up some more long-term goals.

Maybe it will lead to a class of Zumba. Or a taste of Tai chi. Or perhaps it’s a round of geocaching. Don’t know about those? I can assure you there are a lot more out-of-the-ordinary opportunities out there. You just have to think them up. Well, maybe consult with a physician first too … just in case.

In good health,

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