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Friday, January 08, 2010

Try something new & different. Adventures can take many forms – from jumping out of an airplane to studying Shakespeare. Make space in your life for things that inspire you.

Travel near or far. A change of scene opens up new vistas in the mind. It doesn’t have to be exotic or expensive.

Challenge yourself. Train for a race or conquer your fear of public speaking.

Get outdoors. Look into outings with Sierra Club or Audubon Society.

Follow your art. Join a community theater, chorus or writers’ group.

Get involved. Work for a cause you care about. Look online for local organizations you can volunteer with.

Study up. Learn Italian, calligraphy or something to jumpstart your career.


By this time next year, I want to _______________________________________

To make this happen, I need to ________________________________________

My next step is to __________________________________________

For me, the answers are: I want to find a good job. I need to do more networking with others in my field. My next step is to attend a couple of library lectures to help with networking.

What is your passion? How will you achieve it?

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DDOORN 1/8/2010 7:27AM

    Great ideas...! For instance AARP offers this service: "To make this even easier, we’re launching a new volunteering feature. Sign up to receive a monthly email from Create The Good® and be the first to know about service and volunteer opportunities in your area."



Comment edited on: 1/8/2010 7:30:09 AM

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Did you know…While most everyone should strive for 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day, any level of activity is better than none ~ Only 3 in 10 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity ~ Physically inactive people are twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease as active people ~ Benefits of physical activity include maintenance of healthy bones, muscles and joints; improved flexibility; and weight control ~ Depending on activity level and other conditions (e.g. hot weather), a person can lose a significant amount of water and electrolytes, particularly through sweating ~ The harder you exercise, the more you need to replenish the fluids your body loses through sweating. Before, during and after a vigorous workout, drink plenty of water.

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KATHYMB 1/7/2010 7:57AM

    Useful information. Also, even 15 minutes of exercise a day will may an impact on anyone who needs to start slow after being sedentary.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Many people set ambitious fitness goals, only to give up when they fall short. Transformation doesn’t happen overnight. But if you’re committed to making fitness a natural part of your life, these strategies will help you get started:

Be realistic. Set a series of attainable goals. Once you reach your first goal, you’ll be eager to tackle the next one. Success is a great motivator. (Check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.)

Start a fitness journal. On page 1, state your goals. Record what you’ll do, when and where you’ll do it. Then every day, record your activity, if any. Simply knowing that you’ll be writing down what you do-and don’t do-can motivate you to make the effort!

You’ll be more likely to exercise if your workout clothes are clean, organized and ready to go. You might even want to buy a few new items to inspire yourself. It’s important that workout clothes feel good to wear. Check other supplies you may need, such as a towel and water bottle.

Whether you’re a walker, runner or cardio-class regular, exercise should be fun! The key is getting your heart rate up and maintaining it for at least 30 minutes per workout. A good trainer can recommend varied workouts, from circuit training to boxing & more. And don’t forget to drink up while you work out. Every little drop helps!

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MYFEETHURT 1/6/2010 9:16PM

  Sounds like a winning list to me. Thanks, Judy. By the way...Happy New Year. 2010 is full of wonderful possibilities. mary

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OHYESITSME1 1/6/2010 6:51AM

    Those are the magic 5!

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

1. It’s a mood booster. Besides relieving stress, regular exercise helps you build confidence & feel good about yourself.

2. Risk of chronic disease may be mitigated by 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day.

3. It helps you manage your weight. When you’re physically active, you burn more calories.

4. It increases your energy level. Regular exercise helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.

5. It helps you sleep better. Being more active during the day can help you get to sleep faster and enjoy better quality sleep.

It’s a win-win-win-win-win situation!!!!

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DDOORN 1/5/2010 11:52PM

    Couldn't agree more with ALL of these points!

I notice how rarely I am ill with ANYTHING since taking better care of myself both re: exercise and healthy food choices.


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DOWNEASTB 1/5/2010 6:11PM

    Great post! I'm going to do an upper body workout now!

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/5/2010 12:47PM

    It keeps me 'regular'. I notice changes when I do not exercise!

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LADYPIPPIE 1/5/2010 6:23AM

    I like these five reasons! Thanks for posting them.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Check your attitude: The path to success begins in the mind.

Winter is a perfect time to rev up your routine. What better way to warm up your body and shake off cabin fever? It’s easy when you think “play”, not workouts. (Check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.)


Act like a kid. Grab your own kids or a few pals & organize a game. Play backyard touch football, dodge ball, soccer, tag or Red Rover.

Let it snow. Build a snowman, a fort, or an arsenal of snowballs for your team – then start tossing!

Strap on some snowshoes. There’s no special skill required for snowshoeing – just plenty of energy. It’s a high-intensity cardio workout that burns calories fast and engages major muscle groups. Because it’s challenging, take it slow at first, and make sure to stretch well before heading out. Pack water to drink along the way.

Take a hike. In rolling fields, a park or the woods, winter landscapes offer their own kind of magic. Take it all in, and get your blood pumping with a brisk, invigorating hike of 30 minutes or more.

Ride a bike. If roads aren’t icy or snowy, a bike ride can lift your spirits on a dreary winter day. Leave the car at home and hop onto two wheels to run quick errands.


Hit the library…and check out a few new fitness DVD’s. It’s a chance to sample something you’ve never done before (say, belly dancing or Zumba) in the privacy of your own home.

Curl up with Pilates. Loved by dancers and celebrities, the Pilates method increases flexibility & tones the body while strengthening the core muscles of the torso. Usually done on a mat in group classes, Pilates also can involve resistance-training equipment.

Connect with Yoga. Yoga’s system of physical poses, controlled breathing and awareness strengthens the body & focuses the mind. Many styles are taught, from traditional to trendy, gentle to vigorous, so look for a class that suits your preferences. A good teacher will adapt instructions to the needs of different students, including beginners.

Put down that remote. Instead of TV, look for more active forms of entertainment in your community: a heated swimming pool, a climbing wall, the local bowling alley, a roller rink (when was the last time you did that?) Choose an activity & make it the centerpiece of your next night out with family or friends.

Take along hydration. Bring Crystal Light packets or True Lemon or Lime packets to add great taste to your water. It will encourage you to drink more while you exercise.

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CARMEL466 1/4/2010 7:21PM

    Fantastic ideals. Think I'll borrow a few! Thank you!

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