August 30, 2011 1 Comment
Good health can aid in reducing injuries. Flexibility and strength can prevent strains and sprains. Exercise can help you sleep better during the night so you’re more aware on the job. Choosing healthier foods can help you avoid that afternoon energy slump. You don’t have to diet, or start some exercise program- just try adding some activity and healthy switches into your routine.
Consider these healthy choices.
Walking: Walking is one of the most effective ways to improve your health. Mayo Clinic website is a great resource to learn more about health and the importance of walking. Among many benefits, a few of the top reasons to walk are:
- decreased choleserol
- decreased blood pressure
- increased lung capacity
- increased heart function
- increased flexibility and muscle mass
Still not convinced? Walking an extra 20 minutes a day will burn off 7 pounds of body fat in a year without even dieting! No gym membership or diet plans involved.
Weight lifting: More muscle means a higher metabolism. Studies show that a pound of muscle burns between 30-50 calories per day; whereas a pound of fat only burns 2 calories per day. Increasing your muscle mass also improves the efficiency in which your body uses sugar (which decreases your odds of getting diabetes) and can decrease your blood pressure (a risk factor for strokes). For weight training 101, click here.
Fast Food: By now, everyone knows that eating fast food for lunch every day is not very healthy. The majority of fast food offered is very high in calories, fat, and sodium- all the unhealthy stuff! Interestingly, even though we are aware of these facts, we still choose to grab our work lunches from fast food establishments. Men’s Health Magazine offeres some ”Eat This, Not That,” nutritional facts, but here are some of the best and worst choices we’ve found to help you out:
- Worst Burger: Hardees Monster Burger, weighing in at 1420 calories and 108 grams of fat.
- Better Burger: Burger King Whopper Jr. with 320 calories and 21 grams of fat.
- Best Choice: Subway. A 6″ Subway Roast Beef has only 290 calories and 5 grams of fat.
- Worst Chicken: Dairy Queen 6 piece chicken basket. It has 1270 calories and 67 grams of fat.
- Better Chicken: Wendy’s 5 piece chicken nuggest with 230 calories and 15 grams of fat.
- Best Choice: Subway. Subway’s oven roasted chicken breast sandwich with a measly 310 calories and 5 grams of fat.
Sometimes, a little awareness and forethought can help you, your waistline and your overall health.