Being Healthy vs. Being Skinny

Recently I came across a very inspiring video online. The video addressed positive and negative body images and how this impacts women. I realize body image issues affect men as well, but women in general struggle daily with feelings about their appearance. Our culture places such a strong emphasis on how we look. We often neglect our overall health in favor of losing a few pounds in a dangerous way.

Included with the body image video was a wonderful article full of ways to improve your self image and positively assess your attributes. If you’d like to read the article and watch this inspirational video, you can use this link:

Enough with the Body Hatred

When I write blog posts and articles dealing with dieting, my goal is to provide recipes and tips for healthy meals with less calories as part of an overall better health program that includes a well-balanced diet and exercise. It’s important to be healthy, not simply skinny. I focus on writing about low-calorie meals because we often consume far too many calories during our busy days filled with work, school and family.

Healthy diet tips on ediets.com

 

It is also equally important to include exercise and quality relaxation and stretching in your overall well-being plan. To start adding a little exercise to your day, consider the following options:

• Park further away from your destination – every step counts!

• Go for a stroll after dinner

• Try a few simple yoga stretches in the morning

• If you have steps that lead to your home, double up on them. Make a rule for yourself, such as “I can’t go up to the front door unless I’ve done 10 steps” and increase it each month as you feel more comfortable.

• Take your dog for a long walk – your puppy will love you for it.

• Avoid the elevator, use the stairs.

• Try to get 30 minutes of playtime with your children outside.

When you begin to think of ways to include exercise into your daily routine, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it can be healthier and more active. Cutting calories only takes you so far. It’s important to be focused on your overall health and not just your waistline.

UPDATE:

When I started this blog in 2010, I had three children and a few pounds to lose.

Then I had THREE MORE CHILDREN. And I still have a few pounds to lose. It’s funny how life throws curve-balls at our curves.

I’d love for you to visit us at www.coersfamily.com to see how we’re managing our six children and our goals for a healthier lifestyle.

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April 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . News Stories and Links, Tips.

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