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Wake up with a Workout

Updated on March 12, 2012

America's Wake-Up Call

America has a weight problem.

  • Obesity ranks as the #2 cause in the category of "preventable death"
  • 80% of type II diabetes is related to obesity levels in Americans
  • 58 million people are considered overweight; 40 million are obese; 3 million are morbidly obese

Statistics provided by Get America Fit Foundation

If Americans do not do something about obesity, other related diseases will soon run rampant among Americans in epidemic proportions. Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis can take root once a person tips the scales beyond simply being overweight into the range of obesity.

Let this be a wake-up call to us all as Americans. We need to get fit. We need to get healthy. We need to change our lifestyles in order to maintain healthy lives.

Get up and Get Active

Let your morning wake-up time serve as your physical activity time. Get up early and get active. Use twenty to thirty minutes of your morning to get in some aerobic exercise.

  • Walking
  • Jogging/ running
  • Cycling
  • Cardiovascular routines
  • Treadmill

Use the morning time to stretch and get active, including a brief cooling down period. From there, start your day after a workout and a shower. Imagine how much more energized you will feel on your daily commute to work.

Mix in Healthy Nutrition with Physical Activity

Wake up and do your workout, but do not neglect your daily diet. Nutrition is a major factor involved in preventable disease along with physical activity.

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Cut down on fried foods
  • Pack a healthy snack and/ or lunch
  • Choose healthy selections when eating out or on vacation

Do not neglect your nutrition. It will require as much daily discipline as physical fitness. Develop a schedule with a menu planner or calendar. Use your menu plans to guide your shopping by creating a shopping list based upon your planned meals for the week.

Beware that increasing fruits and vegetables will require shopping more often. In such cases, you will need to schedule your time and manage your budget accordingly. If possible, walk to the neighborhood store or cycle there. If not, try to plan a shopping trip with a buddy who can share the driving responsibility to the store or the local farmers market every other week or so. Fuel prices are constantly on the rise, so you do not want a healthy diet to eat away at your wallet.

Use Different Tools to Help with Your Workout

Numerous tools exist that can assist with workout routines. Look into various at-home workout strategies. If you cannot seem to do a workout to a DVD in your living room, try a trial membership at a local gym or use to find a walking group or running club in your area. Just do not say that there is no way that you can do it. There are all sorts of possibilities that exist today.

Use music to help with your workout. Set up a playlist on your iPod or MP3 player. Use your playlist to determine the length of your walk or routine. If you are a reader, download audio books via Amazon, Audible or your local library's site, and listen to your favorite authors.

The point is to make it work for you. Use what works for you to get your workout in daily.


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