A New, Active You

Improve your mood, sleep and health

A New, Active You

 

Your Guide to Better Health

 

The more you move, the better you’ll feel. Taking care of yourself sets a good example for your children. Start small and go step-by-step toward a new active you. A little change can make a big difference to you and your family. 

Physical Activity

Physical activity is important for bone and heart health, flexibility, and muscle tone. It not only improves health, but it can also improve mood and sleep.

Need activity ideas?

  • Walk the dog
  • Play with the kids in the park
  • Rake leaves
  • Clean the house
  • Dance
  • Take the stairs
  • Park farther away

Before starting any new activity

  • Check with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or just had a baby.
  • Don’t overdo it, start slow.
  • Always warm up with a light activity before exercising and be sure to cool down and stretch after.
  • Drink plenty of water.
Need activity ideas? Play with the kids in the park.

Keep Moving

Sitting for long periods of time can lead to multiple health problems and weight gain. To keep your blood flowing, your mind working at its best, and prevent your muscles from tightening, do some sort of movement throughout the day.

  • Stand up or walk around when you talk on the phone.
  • Go for a walk during part of your lunch break.
  • Take a stretch break every hour.
  • Do jumping jacks, sit ups, or walk in place to make watching TV active.
  • Drink plenty of water.
Make smart choices with your family.

5 Steps to Live Well

There are many reasons to be the healthiest you — to look and feel your best, to set a good example for your children, and to lower your chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weak bones. Take these five steps to live well for you and your family.

1. Be Realistic 

Make small changes in what you eat. This can be as easy as switching from whole or 2% milk to 1% or fat-free milk.

2. Be Adventurous.

Snacks are a great time to try new fruits and vegetables.

3. Be Flexible. 

It’s all about balance. Eat a lighter lunch if you are going out for a big dinner. Look for easy ways to make healthier choices like sharing a meal with a friend.

4. Be Sensible.

Enjoy all foods, just don’t overdo it. Eat slowly, enjoy each bite, and listen to your body— eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel full. Turn off the TV to focus on food and family time.

5. Be Energized.

Breakfast is the best way to begin your day — giving you energy, brain power, and a healthy start.

Live well for you and your family.