Our lives are bombarded with messages and it seems like you can’t go anywhere without seeing something about fitness, diet or health. It really caught my attention over the past weekend when I noticed the USA Weekend magazine on a friend’s table with bold letters across the front reading “STEP IT UP!” and an unfocused image of a person walking. With Live Healthy Iowa’s The Next Step Challenge in full swing, I couldn’t help but grab it and learn more about the remarkable benefits of walking and physical activity in general.
The article stated that a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 48% of Americans report meeting the recommendation of 2 1/2 hours of moderate physical activity per week. The article continues to discuss the simplicity of incorporating movement in your day and one woman’s lifestyle change and refocused mindset regarding physical activity. It also tells of the predicament many adults face working in a desk chair eight hours a day, five days a week. After reading this article, which included photos of people walking in the fall, I was reminded of the new season and how much I enjoy running in this cool weather on the trail by my house. This lead me to a long and relaxing Sunday afternoon run that was much overdue!
I know many of us have seen and heard the effects of an unhealthy and inactive lifestyle and the benefits of moving more or eating produce. How often do you see a message throughout your day, like the one I saw while visiting a friend, that is attempting to encourage you to go for a walk, eat your veggies or just relax? Do these messages consciously effect your choices? Responding to many of these positive messages can emit immediate benefits, ignite behavior change and enhance your health and well-being. I challenge you to be aware of the positive messages you see every day and act on them; you will not regret that 10 minute walk, crunching on some celery or taking a few minutes to stretch at your desk!
Comment below when you act on a positive message! Tell us where you saw it and how you acted on it!
For the USA Weekend article, click here.