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Press or Click To Stay Fit: Technical Advances To Keep You On Track

By Joanne Sgro-Killworth HERWriter
 
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Just a little over a month into your New Year’s Resolution, it is time to re-evaluate your fitness goals. It is at this point that many are adopting unhealthy excuses.

The number one excuse that I hear is, “I just do not have the time.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 percent of American adults do not engage in the required amount of physical activity for health benefits, and 25 percent are not active at all.

If you couple this with a sedentary lifestyle or occupation then disease and overall health deterioration is destined to set in at a younger age.

Cleveland Clinic outlines what healthy exercise should consist of.

“Strengthening which entails using repeated muscle contractions until the muscle becomes tired. Stretching or flexibility encompassing slow, sustained lengthening of the muscle is also important.”

And finally, cardiovascular or “aerobic activity, a steady exercise using large muscle groups,” is also vital.

With so much time spent in front of a television or computer screen, we need to get creative and integrate fitness into our screen time.

According to ConsumerHealthAnswers.com, “One way to redeem your screen is to buy some workout DVD’s and exercise at home. These workouts can be lots of fun and many have their roots in popular television shows, such as NBC’s The Biggest Loser or even ABC’s Dancing with The Stars.”

Instead of being an armchair jockey or a couch potato, you might as well reach and stretch for the remote. DVR technology has made it easy for us to keep up with our favorite shows.

Hop on the treadmill or bike while you watch your favorite shows. If you need some help there are plenty of exercise shows which can be recorded.

Nintendo’s Wii is also a good way to get moving.

According to ConsumerHealthAnswers.com, “The Wii Fitline of products are games and accessories aimed at allowing people to exercise at home and track their fitness progress online.”

One of the games that I really like for Wii as well as Nintendo DS is "Dancing With the Stars: We Dance!

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