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No matter what happened over the last day, week, month, or year on your health journey – don’t let all that bizniz dictate how today will turn out. Just get up and GO!

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A handful of us from church signed up for the Gilda’s Club 2013 5K Run/Walk on October 12th in honor of Foster Braun. Foster’s a member of our church, and also a radio personality here in the Detroit area (Foster has a voice that would melt Wolverine’s metal alloy adamantium skeleton). He’s married to a lovely woman, Ginny – they are just the perfect couple. Foster is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Our team, Team Foster, will be helping to raise funds for Gilda’s Club and the research to find a cure for Multiple Myeloma.

Prepping for is so not like riding a bike.

My friend Rebekah and I got together last night to “run together”. My cocky-meter was set to about medium-high because you know, I workout. So we meet up, agree on timed runs (6 minutes on, 2 minutes off), set our respective fitness apps, and away we went for a nice 3.1 mile jaunt. I kept up once or twice, but for the most part Bekah was a good half mile ahead of me. It sucked. I got smoked by a mom of four extremely rambunctious boys!

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Kick up your routine: consider a workout buddy who’s better than you are at a certain activity. It’s extra special if that buddy encourages and pushes you to go a little further – even if they’re a lot cuter than you and a half mile ahead of the game.

And if you’re able, consider making a donation to help us raise funds for Gilda’s Club and cancer research. Our team goal is $500.00. I’m hoping all of you will consider helping us make it to $2,000.00.

Get up & GO!

 

Did you know if your lifestyle is primarily sedentary (a lifestyle of no or irregular physical activity – you know…bed, shower, couch, desk, couch, bathroom, couch…), your metabolism just stops? The same thing happens when you slam the brakes on the car (or abruptly squeeze the wrong brake on the mountain bike).

James A. Levin, MD, PHD, (professor of medicine at Mayo) says the moment you go from walking slowly to sitting, your active calorie-burn rate (those calories burned when one’s body is at rest) drops from 3 to 1 per minute (I am certain I hit a historical low with negative numbers). At the same time, your triglyceride & blood sugar levels rise. Sitting for hours day after day after day after day reduces the levels of your “good” cholesterol (aka HDL), and your body packs on the pounds. The pounds aren’t sole effect: heart disease, diabetes, various cancers, longevity of life (or lack thereof), and your family are all at risk.

Dr. Levine came up with a program called NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis…I like the anagram better). It’s super simple. NEAT forces you to rethink all of your habits and find new, more active ways to get through your day. Dr. Levine says if you move enough, you could offset the danger of sitting all of the time.

Nothing will ever take the place of a challenging workout. But if your lifestyle is one that barely moves, get up & wiggle it…just a little bit. You might be surprised what happens!

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