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Touch Your Toes Every Day

fit chick 4Damn! As we get older, we start to lose stuff. I don’t mean keys. I mean real, meaningful stuff like hair, eyesight, strength, flexibility, sexual interest. . . Oh my! But, yes, there is a but. Your really don’t have to lose as much as you think. Good habits aren’t enough. Those are what got you to where you are now. You need to cultivate great habits. You don’t have to spend a ton of money but making the right choices can make a difference. Sure, you can spend your money on vitamins and supplements but it may be more important to make certain you are eating a healthy, balanced diet. Some of you would rather die than put a vegetable in your mouth so you are willing to spend money on stuff like sea kelp tablets. You already know what I am going to say.

Beyond the metabolism things that happen as we age, we lose strength, fitness and flexibility. But just like having an aversion to green vegetables, many of us have an aversion to fitness. We practically break out in hives if we have to do anything more than carry groceries from the car. But just as we can eat better to supplement the vitamins and minerals our body’s need, we can reach and bend our way to greater flexibility. That certainly helps in assuming and holding that position you like.

So, after you empty your bladder, drink a glass of water and before you clutter your mind with the days requisites, touch your toes. I’m fond of going back to bed, so I pull up the covers, sit on the bed with my legs in front of me and reach down to touch my toes . . . and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat several times. Lay back and pull one knee up to your chest and hold. Then the other. Then both. Roll to your side and bring your leg across as far as you can. Repeat on both sides.

Sit on the edge of the bed and stretch your shoulders reaching up and then across. Twist at the waist and hold. Both sides. Bend over at the waist and try to get your torso on your thighs. Stand and squat as deeply as you can. Hold and repeat. Go take a shower, get some coffee or do whatever you do next. You’ll feel better, especially if you make it a habit. And if you can make it a daily habit, if you touch your toes every day, you will find that your holding off loosing stuff that is near and dear to you.

The Fit Chick

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How much water should I drink a day?

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It depends on the individual and there are many factors (both internal and external) that affect our need for water.

Health authorities usually recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule.

However, there are other health pundits who think we’re always on the brink of dehydration and that we need to sip on water constantly throughout the day… even when we’re not thirsty.

The best way to stay hydrated is to drink more water and drink less or stay away from coffee and sugary drinks during the day.

Drinking water before eating will also help to curb your appetite and may help you lose weight.

Do yourself a favor and drink more water if you are taking medications and are an older adult. The increased water will lead to better blood volume and help your body distribute medications, digest food and flush toxins.

Starting the day with a glass of water is a good way to start the day. After sleeping, it helps to gently get you digestive system ready for the day.

I’m going to work out. Come Back Soon!

The Fit Chick

Community Greens is very happy to welcome The Fit Chick as a contributor. She brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience about Fitness, Health and Lifestyle. If you have a question, please send it along. Thanks!

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Fit Tips

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What did you give up for Lent? How about giving up 5-10 lbs? Don’t wait until June to start thinking about a “Beach Body”. Get started on a simple exercise and stretching program. Talk to your doctor. Ease into it. You don’t have to be fit in 30 days or limit yourself to 7 minutes a day. Find a program you feel comfortable with, join a gym, buy a wall chart or use an online resource to get where you want to go. Make a better you a habit!

  • Workout daily. Even a walk around the block is great and gets you going.
  • Eat post-workout carbs.
  • Eat breakfast and you’re more likely to stick to a smaller portions throughout the day.
  • Eating smaller portions more often, 5-6 times each day, speeds your metabolism.
  • Eat enough protein to help you build lean muscle and burn body fat.
  • Eliminate (reduce) refined sugar and white flour.
  • Eat whole grains and foods that don’t have added sugar.
  • Drink water throughout the day.

 

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Run the River 5K 10-29-16

rtr-logo-resized-6-14-16Join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance on Saturday, October 29, 2016  for the Run the River 5K – Icahn Stadium/Randall’s Island Park

This event features:

  • A certified 5K race course
  • Chip-timed race results
  • Children’s Fun Run (all participants receive a medal!)
  • Post-Race Party
  • Cash awards for top 5K finishers
  • Each runner will receive a race-day t-shirt and more.
  •  On event day, registration begins at 9:00 AM and the race begins at 10:00 AM.

To become a sponsor or if you have questions, please contact Amanda Dorn at amanda.dorn@randallsisland.org or by phone at (212) 830-7775.

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