Take an inclusive fitness break. By the sound of that, I bet you’re hoping my words of encouragement are to literally take a break from your hard work and physical activity regimen. While it can be a great idea to take breaks from fitness to prevent wearing yourself down, that’s not quite what I’m talking about here. Taking an inclusive fitness break means finding more time in your day to squeeze some movement in and avoiding lengthy sedentary periods of time. Studies show that the more time you spend staying still, the greater your risk of health problems, like Type 2 diabetes, obesity, or heart problems for example. Did you know that just a two-minute fitness break every 30 minutes can help prevent or delay certain diseases? That’s all! The break does not have to be long or vigorous – the key is to just move. No matter where you are throughout your day, finding time to fit in some type of fitness does not have to be daunting. Set a timer for yourself to move in some way every 30 minutes. Not only will you gain some active minutes but I bet you will also feel more mentally prepared and energized. Below are some ideas you can do to get moving inclusively in various locations: Get moving while you watch TV or videos: When a commercial comes on during your show, do arm circles. Do tricep dips on the edge of the couch. Use resistance bands or lift cans of food. Ride a stationary bike or crank a hand cycle. Get moving at work: Take a phone call or meeting away from your...
Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free statewide weight-loss campaign designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it. Since the first challenge in 2007, Alabamians have lost more than one million pounds!
Scale Back Alabama is designed to address the state’s challenge with obesity; however, we caution individuals to check with their health care provider before beginning a new exercise or diet regimen.