Lawyers, Look After Your Health – Exercise
This is the first in a series of articles to help you focus on different areas of your life and to inspire and motivate you to make a change in one or more areas.
What does being health and exercise mean to you? Is it about going to the gym, getting regular exercise or just being able to run for the bus or climb a flight of stairs without getting out of breath?
First – a few questions for you to think about:
• Are you a healthy weight or are you carrying a few extra pounds?
• Do you have any underlying health issues
• When did you last have a full medical exam?
• Have you had your cholesterol and blood pressure checked?
• When was the last time you went to the dentist or had your eyes tested?
• How many times do you exercise or get active each week?
It’s important to look after yourself physically to enable you to deal with the mental and emotional demands of life. Fit and active people have stronger immune systems, live longer, manage their stress better, are less prone to illness in later life and have fewer days off sick.
Keep active. We spend a lot of time being sedentary – sitting at our desks at computers, driving or commuting to and from work. You don’t have to join a gym in order to be fit – go out for a walk, cycle or swim with friends and family. Avoid sitting in one position for too long – get up and move around regularly throughout the day. There are even desk stretches you can do to avoid neck, shoulder and back tension. Join an exercise class – try yoga or pilates to stretch and tone.
What difference could you make to your health this week?
• Walk instead of taking the car for those shorter journeys.
• Go for a lunch-time walk or jog if you can.
• Take the stairs instead of the lift/elevator.
• Exercise or do some form of activity at least three times this week.
Exercise at your own pace and get your heart rate up for at least 20 minutes each time. Check with your doctor before taking any strenuous exercise. Know your limits and work within your own capabilities while building up your strength and stamina.
Don’t forget about exercising your mind too. Quizzes, crosswords, memory tests and puzzles all help. Take a look at luminosity.com for brain training exercises.
Have a healthy week and pick one thing to improve your fitness this week.