You Count – Maintaining Balance: Stay Healthy

sports.exerciseWelcome back to our series on Maintaining Balance. Today, let’s focus on staying healthy by eating well and exercising.

How healthy you are depends on several factors, but two of the most basic are what you eat and how often you move around (or exercise). Food fuels the body, gives it the nutrients it needs to function. Moving around pumps up your circulation and sends oxygen to the brain, which can help you think better. Exercising also releases endorphins that improve your mood and can help reduce your stress level. Not to mention, exercise can fill your need for alone time or social time, depending on what you choose to do.

Here are a few tips for eating well and exercising –

  • Eat vegetables. These contain important minerals, vitamins, and fiber. They’re also tasty.
  • Eat protein and healthy fats.
  • Try to eat meals you (or your family) prepare yourselves.
  • Eat and drink less sugar (i.e. soda, candy, etc.).
  • If possible, try not to grab fast food or eat out too often.
  • Drink water.
  • Exercise at least one hour a day.
  • Try to have a blend of strength training, cardio, and flexibility training.
  • Do something fun! Do you like running? Go run. Like playing Frisbee? Grab some friends and play. Or try something new that you’re interested in.
  • If you cannot fit in an hour all at once, do smaller chunks throughout the day. For example, you could take a 15 minute walk as a study break.

Looking for more information on eating well or exercising? The Library’s got you covered. Find books about related topics by searching our catalog with general search terms like eat well, nutrition, exercise, or fitness. If you are interested in learning more about specific health or exercise topics, use terms related to those topics (i.e. tae kwon do, ultimate Frisbee, strength training, gluten-free, etc.). Or search our health databases online – ProQuest Family Health and Consumer Health Complete. Don’t forget that you can also ask your doctor or other health professionals about eating well and exercising.

~Jocelyn @ Lynnwood Library


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