25 Easy Ways to Increase Physical Activity

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  1. Take the stairs as often as possible (wear comfortable shoes).
  2. Park farther away from the entrance door and speed walk the extra distance.
  3. Drink plenty of water/green tea (you will have to run to the bathroom more often).
  4. Walk. Walk. Walk. Buy a pedometer and aim for 8,000 steps each day.
  5. Stand up and walk around when the phone rings.
  6. Stretch to reach items in high places and squat or bend to look at items at floor level.
  7. Replace coffee break with a 10 minute walk.
  8. Plan for after dinner walks.
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10 Simple Ways to Move Your Butt

By: Wendy Wu, R.D., M.S.

Now that the weather is practically perfect…it’s time to get movin’! No more being a couch potato, peoples.  The following are 10 everyday ways to move your butt.

1. Whip out your dusty Wii and play a game of tennis. Just aim for one game (you just might end up playing more).

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2. Instead of using a mop or swifter to clean the floor. Go on all fours and wipe Cinderella-style with a rag and bucket.

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11 Gym Essentials and 6 Pseudo Members

By: Wendy Wu, R.D., M.S.

The gym is a great place to relieve stress, get fit, and maintain good health. Not everyone goes to the gym for these reasons though. Look around carefully and you’ll spot these pseudo gym members. 1) The guy that spends 1 minute at each machine with a “I gotta push this poop out” look and acts like he’s having a great workout. 2) The girl with her cute pink juicy outfit walking on the treadmill for the last hour, playing with her phone and not a drop of sweat on her forehead. 3) The meat head working out in front of the mirror admiring himself. He’s been at the gym for the last 5 hours. 4) The guy that’s completely clueless, walking around the gym in circles ultimately ending up at the elliptical. Get a trainer or do some research. 5) The Gawker. The guy that goes to the gym to pick up girls. Ladies, don’t wear tight clothes and shorts. 6) The after school program teens. Two or three of them hovering over the bench press or assisted pull up machine cracking up at god knows what. I say these teens need a trainer as a group leader and a space all to themselves. Far away from serious members who really just want a quick workout and to go home and rest. Now go have fun and find these pseudo gym members!

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Oh, if you’re heading to the gym today don’t forget your 11 Gym Essentials.

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