Day 10 2015 IMW Spring Challenge

Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.“—-George Carlin

The 2015 IMW Spring Challenge is really all about individual goals. Optimizing your health thru wellness is a worthy goal. But now I am going to reverse course for just one day and see if I can encourage any of you to help others.

Spring is the perfect season to help save lives.

Can you help the American Red Cross in their blood drive this Friday May 1, 2015 from 2:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Moorestown High School?

The blood drive is sponsored by the Moorestown High School Interact Club, which is the Community Service club at the high school and the largest club in the high school.

You can sign up to donate at www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: Moorestown HS 

Thank you in advance!!

DrH

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Continuing on the weekly theme, moving more and thinking about exercise. While exercise is not as important as diet if you are trying to lose weight, proper exercise and training helps your body function better in day to day activities.

Think for a second if you lived in a jungle. If you are in tip top shape you would have a better chance of outrunning a wild animal that is trying to attack you. But if you are not in shape, if your muscles,  heart and lungs are not trained in how to deal with physical exertion, well you might just be that wild animals meal.

I know. We no longer live in a jungle with wild animals threatening us. So how about I use a better analogy. If you do not decide to start getting your body in better physical shape, it will not be the wild animals chasing you, but instead the ambulances and cardiologists catching you to put you in a hospital for some ailment that might have been preventable.

So what can you do if you do not really exercise?

How can you start?

Here are a few simple steps you can take.

If you drive to work, weather permitting, park further away from the entrance and get some extra exercise walking a longer distance to your office.

If you work on the second or even third floor, consider taking the stairs for extra exercise as opposed to the elevator. If you have an unstable heart or lung condition, do not try this unless cleared by DrH or another physician.

Consider waking up 30 minutes earlier in the day and going for an early morning walk when things are quiet and your mind is less full of the days events.

Don’t forget Dr. Sundberg’s offer to help you set up an exercise  program. His offer was on yesterdays post, Challenge Day 9.

Do you have any other ideas of how to start moving more not mentioned that you can share? If so please do so in the comments section.

Fitbit and other apps 

Since we introduced exercise as part of the challenge, have you considered engineering your exercise by first collecting data. Fitbits have become popular as a guide to help you exercise more effectively. At the IMW, our new electronic medical record can integrate with most Fitbit devices. This means if you want, the IMW can help track your exercise with you. If interested please reply back by email and we will forward you information on how to connect.

Any questions or comments?

If so please ask below in the comments section. I will do my best to answer.