Fitness Facts from Fit Family

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My newest child is just 3 months old and – I’m sure you can vouch for me on this one - I have to use my time wisely while he’s catnapping to tackle housework, regular work and the odd on-demand episode of The Biggest Loser.  As moms, sometimes all we’ve got time for are little snippets of information.  From one mom to another, here are a few great little fitness tips you have time to read and implement in your hectic, mommy life! You’ll learn a little something for the water cooler and add some strategies to your healthy lifestyle armory.  Happy reading! fact: the average person walks only about 4,000-5,000 steps per day. fit: experts recommend 10,000 steps per day for basic fitness.  30-60 minutes of brisk walking will tack on 4 to 5,000 steps to your total! fact: individuals who eat 4 or more times daily are 45% less likely to be obese than those who eat 3 or fewer times daily. fit: don’t get caught up in the cycle of starving & binging!  Eat every 3-4 hours to boost your metabolism and to avoid getting so hungry that you throw all those great resolutions right out the window!  Download nutritional guidelines from Health Canada & the Dieticians of Canada… fact: women who suffer from depression have, on average, 24% more belly fat than women who aren’t depressed. fit: winter brings seasonal blues for many of us and can intensify depression for those who suffer year long. Stress hormones are powerful enemies against your metabolism and depression often manifests in women through overeating, making weight gain a common symptom of the blues.  See your doctor if you feel unable to cope with your everyday routines and consider adding exercise to your treatment plan. Not only will exercising rev your metabolism and help you remove any excess fat, it has been shown in several studies to be more effective against clinical (and mild) depression than medication alone.  For best results, exercise at a moderate to high intensity at least 3 times per week.

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