September 18, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor
The pace of many families appears to be stuck in fast-forward. So many are busier than ever—but busy doesn’t always mean active. Driving in a car, running errands, sitting in meetings and in front of a computer doesn’t mean you are getting the physical activity you need. Try some of these tips to get your family moving, healthy and happy.
Get out in your own driveway. Get out those jump ropes, hula-hoops and basketball. Play hopscotch. Grab some chalk and draw a ladder on the driveway, then time yourselves doing fast feet or single leg jumps along the rungs. Get a quick pick-up game of hoops started, or play a game of four-square. Try to think of it as active family playtime instead of workout time.
June 15, 2012 // Category: Fitness Community
Fitness never came naturally to me. Growing up I wasn't an athlete, was relatively inactive and led a sedentary lifestyle. I was nine years old when I started putting the weight on and like many children today, I spent long hours in front of screens. TV, video games, movies and the computer, coupled with sugary treats, pop, chips and other snacks, became my after school past-time. Fast forward a few years and 50 pounds later, my 5 foot 6 inch frame weighed in excess of 220 lbs with a 42 inch waist. I was now a stat - another morbidly obese teenager.