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Alright, I admit it.  I have formed some bad habits.  I am finally at the point that I can accept it and make a decision to do something about it.  I have decided that if I am going to make some changes, I need some things to help me change my ways.

It’s taken me many years to develop unhealthy habits, and change will not come overnight, but it can come a little at a time. Here are a few things I plan to do to help me in my quest for a more healthy me.

The Fitbit Watch I have a few friends who have a device that I think is quite interesting and useful. One of them also comes in many other colors.  What is it you might ask?  A Fit Bit Watch! What a bright idea and valuable for people like me. It is undoubtedly the way to go to get started on the right track to good health.  Here are some of the features of this watch.

• Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones
• Track workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and steps
• Monitor your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm
• See call notifications, daily stats and time of day on the OLED display
• You can sync stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 150 leading smartphones.

The Smart Scale – Most scales give weight, and if health is an issue, it’s good to look at more than this.  A better scale costs a little more money, but it’s well worth it.  The EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale can hold up to 400 lbs of weight. It measures the percentages of body fat, body water, muscle, and bone mass. It also stores information for up to 8 people so that the whole family can be healthy.

Exercise Videos – It is hard for me to go to the gym, so I use exercise DVDs at home.  One DVD that works well for me is Leslie Sansone’s walking videos.  I like this one because there are four workouts on one DVD and I enjoy the workouts.   It does not require fancy steps and moves, just walking. It’s especially useful if you are a beginner. During these sessions, a mile goes by quite quickly, and you can soon do two miles in a short time. She is a great motivator, and I feel revived afterward.

Amazing Grass Green SuperfoodGreen Superfood is a powerful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient-packed fruits, veggies, and cereal grasses, digestive enzymes, and probiotics which increase energy promotes detoxification and boosts your immune system. Amazing Grass Green Superfood is an excellent resource for someone wanting to get off the couch.  Along with sitting comes and unhealthy snack foods.  I believe that Fresh fruits and veggies are better, but if you need to supplement a little, Green Superfood is an excellent choice.

Focus on today, not tomorrow.  Baby steps, get moving!  Some think they need to join a gym, exercise long hours daily or spend an hour a day to begin exercise. Neither of these things is true.  All it takes is baby steps.  I know someone who was so heavy they couldn’t even walk two houses down from their home in a subdivision.

She started by just going to the mailbox.  She did that until she could do so without panting for her next breath or stopping.  She then walked to the home next door until she could do so without being out of breath.  She then increased her activity slowly until she made it to the end of the block.

After a while, she was able to walk a mile. She lost a significant amount of weight by concentrating on today and not trying to do too much at one time. What activity can you do today that will start you on the journey to making life changes? Just pick one thing and do it consistently until you are comfortable and then add another activity. Here are a few suggestions:

Walk – it’s free. No membership is required. You don’t need any fancy equipment, just some comfortable walking shoes.

Start Gardening – This is one of the most therapeutic ways to relax, get in touch with nature, and also exercise at the same time.

Use a pedometer – My church started a walking program where we track our steps per day. I noticed that I take more steps when I wear the pedometer. It always challenges me to do more or to reach a specific goal. I started trying to increase my walking to 10,000 steps per day, and I noticed I was deliberate in how many steps I took. I would park far from my workplace, church, or the store and take more steps to reach the goals I set for myself. Try it; pedometers are inexpensive. Here is the one I use.  On your breaks at work, walk. It’s better than sitting, and it also relieves stress.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  I walk along the hallway at work sometimes back and forth two or three times for short power breaks.

Take five-minute exercise breaks and do wall push-ups, squats, or any other arm or leg exercises.

It doesn’t take much, just a little effort and a whole lot of determination.  So go ahead, get to moving. Decide to change your life.  Don’t wait, do it now.

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