Turn Everyday Routines Into Exercise

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<p>Turn Everyday Routines into Exercise!</p> <p>We understand it can be a challenge juggling what free time you have after work between family and keeping active. Here's an idea: why not spend quality time with your family while staying active? Heres how you can do just that!When picking up a family member from a particularly congested location, park further away in a proper spot. You can spend the longer walk back to the car to talk about their day and strengthen your emotional bond and it's good for your bones! Plus, you wont be blocking the road and causing traffic jams.When you're cleaning up after dinner, work your calves as you do dishes at the sink. Raise your body up on your tiptoes and lower yourself back down. Do this slowly and repeat until all the dishes are clean. You can also do light stretching sessions with your parents while watching television. Its good for them, and for you as well!Moving heavy things around? Don't just rely on the bigger person - get everyone to pitch in and help each other out. Youll all get stronger, finish the task faster and have more time to spend together!Visit a park as a family. Chase your hyperactive child around a park as a fun way to improve your stamina, or take a stroll with your parents for a bonding session that's healthy both physically and emotionally! </p> <p>Whether it's a fun weekend out or a quiet evening in with your family, there's always a way to stay active with your loved ones, plus you'll also be reminded that you're doing this for your family! And remember to accompany your activities with your daily intake of ANLENE!</p> <p>Learn to avoid and/or manage the stressors of college life.College life, wonderful and exciting as it is, has numerous stress-inducing aspects. There are not only the expected academic hurdles to clear, but relationships, and the business of figuring out Gods plan for your life as well. In addition to those unavoidable stressors, we manage to create many of our own stressors, and those are the ones we need to work on avoiding. Those stressors inherent to the college experience, we need to learn to manage. Over time, stress that we dont manage well produces fatigue, lowers resistance, and results in a host of signs and symptoms that signal an undermining of health and vitality. So.how can a college student avoid or manage stress? Here are some suggestions that we know work.</p> <p>Dont procrastinate.Due dates for papers and projects that seem far in the future will be here before you know it! Time pressure is a major cause of stress; lessen it by starting early and completing major projects in a step-wise, organized fashion.</p> <p>Dont let small problems grow into big ones before doing anything about them.If youre feeling lost in a class, see your professor before youve accumulated a series of failed quizzes. If you thought you wanted to be an engineer, but realize youre better suited to communications, see your advisor and make a change. Problems ignored dont go away; they grow, and produce stress.</p> <p>Dont demand perfection of yourself.Students whove been high achievers in high school sometimes really become stressed over a lower-than-expected grade on a quiz or exam. Our Creator knows were not perfect; what He expects is our honest best effort. Even the best students rarely ace every exam; keep it in perspective, and use your energy in understanding those concepts on which you were foggy.Eat properly that means breakfast, too!Three simple things that will improve the nutritional wellbeing of everyone, including college students are: (1) eat breakfast; (2) have at least five servings of vegetables and four servings of fruit daily (a serving is cup); and (3) drink sweet, carbonated beverages (soda pop) in moderation, if at all; drink water when youre thirsty. (To learn more about the valuable benefits of drinking water read Why Water?)</p> <p>First, breakfast: If you arent in the habit of having breakfast, get into it. If youre getting enough sleep, youve not had any food for 8-10 hours; you may not think youre hungry, but your bodys cells are! Breakfast should be built around protein; scrambled eggs with cheese, whole grain toast and juice make a good combination. A whole grain cereal with milk, some fruit and some yogurt is another good one; if youre in a hurry, a whole grain bagel with cheese and some fruit will work. If you skip breakfast, youll be sluggish and not concentrating well by mid-morning. If breakfast was a sugary doughnut or toaster pastry, your blood glucose level will bottom-out mid-morning, and youll really feel tired!</p> <p>As to veggies and fruits: Mom was right!! They really are chock full of vitamins and minerals, and are really good for you! You dont have to like all vegetables, but do try to expand your list beyond corn and potatoes (and corn chips and potato chips dont count); have green ones, yellow ones and red ones; have them raw as well as cooked. Fresh fruits make great snacks, and keep well in dorm rooms too!</p> <p>Now for the soda-pop: nutritionists have likened it to liquid candy, because of its very high sugar content. The average 12-ounce soda contains about 18 teaspoons of sugar; thats a lot of calories that bring with them no other nutritive value. There certainly is nothing harmful about enjoying an occasional soda; youll have problems though when you drink two or three a day! When youre hot and thirsty, cold water really hits the spot, and is better for your body.</p> <p>SleepLack of sleep is common among college students, but sufficient sleep is important for maintaining your energy levels, strengthening your immune system, thinking clearly and improving your mood. Studying or socializing late at night can also lead to altered sleep patterns and daytime napping, which can disrupt the quality of your sleep and increase daytime fatigue. Being overworked can impair sleep quality due to high levels of stress hormones. Create an environment conductive to sleep by setting a consistent bedtime, creating a relaxing nighttime routine and avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol within three to four hours of going to bed.Alcohol ConsumptionAlthough you may be tempted to use alcohol as a stress-reducer, excessive alcohol consumption can impair your health and interfere with optimal school performance. Alcohol consumption is illegal if you are under 21 years old, and drinking could lead to legal consequences. Even if you are 21 or older, drinking too much alcohol can lead to vomiting, disrupted sleep and hangovers, which can interfere with your ability to concentrate and impair test performance. If you are over 21, limit your alcohol consumption to no more than one drink per hour, with a maximum of three drinks per day.</p>