What better way to spend the first day of June than attending a Let’s Go! Small Steps Workshop led by HCCA’s very own Nan Bell. With the sun shining brightly from above with nary a cloud in sight, the tantalizing aroma of burgers and hotdogs dancing on the breeze, and the smiling faces of the employees of Spectrum Generations (the Central Maine Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center) as they greeted us at the doors of the Cohen Center in Hallowell, it was evident that it was going to be the perfect day to discuss small steps to living a healthier lifestyle.
Like most of the participants, I was not that familiar with the Small Steps Workshop and was excited to learn more. Being a wife, a mother to two children, working full-time, and attending school full time, I am always on the look-out for quick and easy ways to improve my lifestyle so that I can make healthy, conscious decisions regarding my health.
Here are some simple tips I learned from this workshop:
1. According to one of the participants (an older gentleman with a kindly smile and a pocket full of candy), keeping chocolate on you at all times is healthy- apparently, if you eat a couple small pieces of candy it will prevent you from eating a full donut. I love the idea in theory- however, those pockets will be emptied straight into my mouth should I ever attempt this.
2. T.V. commercials=an opportunity to practice for the next American Ninja Warrior. Okay…maybe not that. But you can guarantee that the next time a commercial comes on advertising cars I can’t afford, I’m going to plank and squat like I’m trying out for the Hunger Games.
3. Water doesn’t have to be boring. I will admit that this clear, refreshing elixir of life can be a real struggle for me to finish- or drink enough of. So, when I learned I could spruce my water up with a medley of fruits and veggies, I was floored! Just slice up some strawberries and lemons (or another combination you prefer), toss them in a container of water, let them soak overnight, and BAM! You just upgraded your water to Water 2.0!
4. Is standing difficult? That’s okay! You can exercise from your chair. Nan had us twisting, turning, flexing our feet, moving our arms, and opening our minds to the endless possibilities that chair exercises offer! One participant even stated, “These are so simple and easy- it feels good!”
5. Some of the popular beverages on the market, such as sodas and juices, harbor a deep, dark secret…well, not THAT much of a secret. If you flip those brightly colored containers around and read the label, you’ll find that you’re basically consuming sugar syrup! Ick!
6. You don’t have to be BFFs with the treadmill to improve your health. In fact, you don’t even have to be awake! Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night is just as important to your health as eating the right amount of fruit and vegetables and drinking water! Now THIS is a health standard I can cheerfully endorse!
Finally, you don’t need to make great leaps to improve your health and lifestyle…all you need to do is take small steps consisting of healthy choices. You’d be amazed by how far you’ve gone to make improvements to your health!
Click here for more information on taking Small Steps!