Stepping Past the Obstacles

How do you rank your health? Desiring to be “more fit?” Research proves the multiple benefits of activity and nutrition:

Decreases incidence of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.  Reduces stress, body fat, blood pressure, resting heart rate, falls, injuries and arthritis.  Exercise increases muscle and bone strength, improves sleep patterns, mood, immunity and the cardiovascular system.

What is your obstacle to maintaining more optimal health?

The average American takes approximately 5000 steps or less a day. Our daily habits of working at a desk, utilizing elevators, riding escalators and sitting in front of screens for recreation, is adding up to an abundance of health risks.

The Surgeon General recommends 10,000 steps a day, the equivalence of five miles. By simply increasing movement you may improve overall health.

Step it up!  Grab a pedometer and set goals to increase the amount of movement in your life, daily. List “obstacles” that interfere with activity and brainstorm how to move through or around them. Inspire a friend, and get them stepping with you.

Join Above and Beyond Cancer’s walking or jogging team for the DM IMT 5 k on October 20th.  Show yourself and others how simple steps can jump start better health. Stepping it up can begin TODAY!

http://aboveandbeyondcancer.org/imt-des-moines-marathon-registration

Contact Mary Van Heukelom at mary@aboveandbeondcancer.org if desiring tools for goal setting to attain more optimal health.

Additional resources:

http://www.thewalkingsite.com/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/1000411-can-walking-enough-reduce-obesity-america/

Mary Van Heukelom
Program Director

Mary Van Heukelom is a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer who trains, educates and coaches cancer survivors to reduce the chance of relapse, through holistic personal wellness programs addressing all aspects of healthy living.

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