Get Fit and Improve Your Health Numbers

Beyond keeping you slim and trim, a regular exercise routine can drastically improve your health numbers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Working out also wards off myriad chronic diseases, boosts mood, increases energy, aids sleep, enhances sex – and the list goes on and on and on! If you’ve been meaning to get moving on a fitness plan, this simple plan will help jumpstart you into action

On Your Mark, Get Set Go!

The first step before embarking on an exercise routine is to consider your overall exercise goals, which could range from simply shedding a few pounds to running a marathon. Evaluate your current health status, focusing on your critical health numbers [blood pressure, waist size (BMI), weight, cholesterol and blood sugar], with the goal of using exercise to help keep them in a healthy normal range. It’s always a good idea to get medical clearance from your doctor, especially if you’re over 50 or have a preexisting condition such as high blood pressure.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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