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We’re heading into another weekend with some great opportunities for exercise! Watch the weather – there’s both breeziness & rain forecast, but not a lot of either one [not like yesterday ... that was a real downpour].
Remember that on Saturday morning [February 25], Team Bookin’ It from the Citrus County Library System will be leaving for a fun walk from the Floral City library at 9 a.m. – and some folks are planning a bite at the Shamrock after the walk. Look for the Fitness in Citrus banner & yellow Chronicle sponsorship signs. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the floral City library, the newest in our county system, this would be a good opportunity. you’ll enjoy it!
Think about the benefits of something as simple as walking: the American Heart Association tells us that it not only helps you keep your weight under control, it’s a good way to keep your heart in shape, too.
If you weigh 160 pounds, each hour you spend walking at a liesurely 2 mph burns 240 calories. If you pick up the pace to 3 mph, the AHA says, you’ll spend 320 calories.
Although the Fitness Challenge is about fitness, many of us like to watch the calories, too. Here’s a link to a table showing the calorie-burning benefits of different activities: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/SM00109 .
Make exercise a fun part of your day. Here’s a tip from a member of the Classy & Sassy team who works at a school: “Last year I walked the perimeter of the fenced PE area with the students. ... Eight times around the perimeter was 1 mile. Believe me, they had me huffing and puffing at the end of my 15-minute time at break. It was fun with the kids and they really kept me entertained.”
We all know that portion control is critically important. Follow this link to a fun interactive self-test on protion control Be careful on the bonus questions at the end! http://www.prevention.com/portioncontrol/ .