Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Exercise Tips

There are a variety of activities especially in Utah that can be considered “exercise”. Exercise can be anything from swimming, biking/cycling, jogging, skiing, tennis, to dancing and walking. The list is endless. The important thing about exercising is finding something that you enjoy and works for YOU!

Find what works for YOU!
In my own life, I have discovered that going to the gym and just working out on my own is not as effective for me as going to an exercise class at the gym. I really enjoy the classes and I am more motivated to go. I also believe I get an overall better workout. Now just because that is what works best for me doesn’t mean it is what is best for someone else. The important thing is to find what DOES work for YOU!

Don’t Give Up!
You may have to try out various forms of exercise and different routines to find what works for you personally. Don’t give up or get discouraged if your planned exercise regimen fails. Try something different and continue to try new things until you find what works.

When figuring out an exercise plan that works for you make sure you have enough variety in your exercise routine that you won’t get bored. Variety is also important because our bodies are very good at adaptation. If we do the same thing over and over again our body gets used to it and we aren’t getting the same benefit we did when we first started. Adding variety helps to continuously push our bodies to its limits and in doing so makes us stronger. Variety can come in many forms: doing more repetitions, adding more weight, increasing the length of time, changing the type of exercise completely.

Other Great Exercise Tips:
• Wear comfortable, properly fitted footwear and comfortable, loose-fitting clothing appropriate for the weather and the activity.
• Find a convenient time and place to do activities. Try to make it a habit, but be flexible. If you miss an exercise opportunity, work activity into your day another way.
• Use music to keep you entertained.
• Surround yourself with supportive people. Decide what kind of support you need. Do you want them to remind you to exercise? Ask about your progress? Participate with you regularly or occasionally? Allow you time to exercise by yourself? Go with you to a special event, such as a 10K walk/run? Be understanding when you get up early to exercise? Spend time with the children while you exercise? Try not to ask you to change your exercise routine? Share your activity time with others. Make a date with a family member, friend or co-worker. Be an active role model for your children.
• Don't overdo it. Do low- to moderate-level activities, especially at first. You can slowly increase the duration and intensity of your activities as you become more fit. Over time, work up to exercising on most days of the week for 30-60 minutes.
• Keep a record of your activities. Reward yourself at special milestones. Nothing motivates like success!

Exercise Tips from the American Heart Association

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Living with Chronic Conditions Self-Management Course

Living with Chronic Conditions Self-Management 6 Week Course 
If we have individuals interested in this program, we can do it during the month of April.  It is a nationally-used course for all those affected by some type of chronic condition such as arthritis, chronic joint pain, fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and so on.

Subjects covered in the course include:
            Techniques for frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
            Appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength
            Appropriate use of medications and proper nutrition
            Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
            How to evaluate new treatments

The Living Well with Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program is a workshop given 2 ½ hours, once a week, for 6 weeks.  They are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves.

In order to do the program, we need those interested to sign up J BeWise participants, family, and friends are all invited to sign-up.  It is a FREE program, and a great opportunity to learn how to take control of your health and be more healthy and happy.  If you are interested in participating in the course, please let me know by April 1st.  You can email me (Alysia Ducuara) at or call me at (385) 468-4055.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Physical Activity Calorie Chart

The chart below shows the approximate calories spent per hour by a 100, 150 and 200 pound person doing a particular activity. I think you'll find some of them interesting or try out an activity on the list you haven't done before!

What are your favorite types of physical activity? Share with everyone below.

Source: American Heart Association

Monday, March 19, 2012

10 Ways to Love Your Body!!

1. Think of your body as the vehicle to your dreams. Honor it. Respect it. Fuel it.

2.Create a list of all the things your body lets you do. Read it and add to it often.

3. Become aware of what your body can do each day. Remember it is the instrument of your life, not just an ornament.

4. Create a list of people you admire: people who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world. Consider whether their appearance was important to their success and accomplishments.

5. Walk with your head held high, supported by confidence in yourself as a person.

6. Don't let your weight or shape keep you from activities that you enjoy.

7. Wear comfortable clothes that you like, that express your personal style, and that feel good on your body.

8. County your blessings, not your blemishes.

9. Think about all the things you could accomplish with the time and energy you currently spend worrying about your body and appearance. Try one!

10. Be your body's friend and supporter, not its enemy.

How do you accomplish good body image?

Free BeWise Healthy Lifestyle Class: Healthy You-Balance Your Life & Manage Stress

Do you want to be totally relaxed like this lady above and decrease the stress in your life? I think we all do! Attend our lifestyle class this week morning or night and learn about stress, how to manage it, and learn how to do relaxation techniques. Bring family and friends too!

Location: Central City Rec Center (615 S 300 E, Salt Lake City)

When: Monday, March 19th at 9am in English, 10am in Spanish
Wednesday, March 21st at 6pm in English, 7 pm in Spanish

How do you balance your life and manage your stress? Tell us how you do it by writing a comment below!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dessert Anyone?

This is a simple, easy, delicious, yet healthy recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth for any night of the week! Plus the presentation is beautiful. Try making these strawberries filled with fat free whipped cream and don't feel guilty about it!

Strawberries and Cream
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 3 • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 1 pt
Calories: 31.2 • Fat: 1.7 g • Carb: 6.8 g • Fiber: 1.2 g • Protein: 0.3 g • Sugar: 5.8 g

-12 large strawberries, washed
-fat free whipped topping

Cut the greens off top of strawberry so when you flip it around the strawberries sit flat. With a sharp knife cut slits all the way down the berry in an X shape, careful not to cut through. Arrange strawberries on a plate, and open them like a flower. Fill with whipped cream.

Free BeWise Healthy Lifestyle Class: Zumba!

Do you want to learn how to exercise through zumba? Come to our health class this week with exercise clothes and shake it! Together with other women in the BeWise program, we'll follow a 30 minute exercise dvd to get some cardio, strength training, and stretching. Zumba is an exhilarating, Latin dance inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness program. It blends international music with dance and aerobic elements and steps. It’s easy to follow and is for all ages. Bring anyone you like....friends, family or neighbors! Zumba classes are every third Thursday of the month.
Salt Lake County Government Center
Fitness Center Studio- Room S4600 (South building, fourth floor)
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Thursday, March 15th at 10 am

What other types of dancing or exercise do you like to do? Tell us about them below!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Have You Tried Water Aerobics?

If your looking for a fun new way to exercise try Water Aerobics! Water aerobics is a great workout for all fitness levels and for all ages plus it is a fun way to work out during all seasons including the freezing winter and the sweltering summer months. A water aerobic routine is not just about splashing around the pool - it is an excellent way to burn off fat, build strength and aerobic capacity. In fact, water aerobics is known to benefit individuals suffering from arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

• 1 hour of water aerobics can burn from 450 to 790 calories! If you are combining it with a healthy diet, you're having pure fat loss.

• Over weight people can do more types of movements in the pool and without stress on the joints because water gives support.

• You are giving your heart a cardiovascular work out and a good routine will work every major muscle.

• The water adds resistance to your movements, so you are also doing strength training!

• There are a variety of people that go in all shapes, sizes and ages.

• You will not be expected to be at the same fitness level as those who have been taking the class for a while. So start at your fitness level and always keep moving.

• Bring a water bottle.

• Ask questions. The instructor will show you the proper form and ensure your safety.

Water aerobics is a great way to exercise with minimal stress to your body, no matter your size or fitness level. You will notice that your endurance for other activities will be greatly increased, you'll feel energized, and sleep more soundly. You will not only lose weight faster, but also you will notice that you are becoming firmer and building muscle! By having more muscle you will burn even more fat and calories, without even trying!

Ready to jump in? Check out the Water Aerobics schedule at Gene Fullmer Rec Center.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Free BeWise Healthy Lifestyle Class: Go Green for St. Patrick's Day-Fruits & Veggies

Add more green to your month by eating more fruits and veggies!
Come to our Fruits and Veggies class next week!
Learn about its benefits and how to add more fruits and veggies into your recipes and daily life! Invite anyone you like to come too.

Location: Central City Rec Center (615 S 300 E, Salt Lake City)
When: Tuesday, March 6: 9am in English, 10am in Spanish
            Thursday, March 8: 6pm in English, 7 pm in Spanish 

What are your tips to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet? Share with us! Also check out the recipe below for a fruity treat!!

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Makes 3 Servings

1 1/2 cups apple juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup lowfat strawberry yogurt
1/2 ripe banana

Place the juice, strawberries, yogurt, and banana in a blender. Blend until well combined. Pour into individual glasses and serve with a straw.

Nutrition Information per Serving: 130 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated), 35mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 2g protein, 35% vitamin C

Banana Strawberry Smoothie