Metabolic Syndrome was a word I added to my vocabulary about 4 years ago. It was a diagnosis from my doctor that both scared me, and yet at the same time, created the motivation to make some profound lifestyle changes. With the help of the college (think WellU: CV Clinic, Shape Up, and access to the BWC for workouts), I have had support making changes that have led to a healthier and happier me four years later. This has included support and encouragement from the Shape Up coach, Megan Streveler, which helped me to run my personal best marathon in February. Megan provided me with tools for weight loss, and improved my workouts by incorporating stretching and strength training.
Using the CV Clinic each year provides me with a snapshot of my numbers like HDL, LDL, and blood sugar. This is followed by an appointment to discuss the numbers and ways that I can improve my health. In a way, I like seeing the numbers because it is similar to a report card that confirms that the changes I have made are impacting my health in a positive way. Visiting the BWC over lunch is something that I look forward to everyday. To me, it is more than just getting in a walk or using the machines. It is about being part of a community where the students, faculty, and staff come together to work toward a similar goal of improved fitness.
WellU thanks Julie for sharing her story and motivating others toward better health!
Exercise allows you to play an active role in your health.
It is one of the most effective lifestyle changes you can make!
1. Exercise increases longevity. Physically active people have a lower risk of premature death.
2. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight. Exercise burns fat and calories, and builds lean muscle and bone density.
3. Exercise lowers your risk for heart disease. 8 out of 10 people with heart disease have one or more risk factors they can change such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking. Living a sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor for heart disease.
4. Exercise lowers your risk for stroke. 1 out of 4 strokes occur at the age of 65 years or younger. The good news is that 80% of strokes are preventable.
5. Exercise helps regulate your cholesterol. Exercise lowers LDL and triglycerides, or bad fats that build up on artery walls. Exercise raises HDL, or good fats, that collect and carry away bad fats from the bloodstream.
6. Exercise lowers your blood pressure. 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure, which usually has no symptoms. Left untreated, it can damage the brain, kidneys, heart and eyes. Regular exercise makes the heart stronger and more efficient.
1) If you do not currently exercise, start by simply moving for 5 minutes each day.
2) Move 3 minutes for every hour you sit.
3) Take a walk with a friend to make exercise more fun.
Healthy Eating for an Active Lifestyle
10 tips for combining good nutrition and physical activity
For youth and adults engaging in physical activity and sports, healthy eating is essential for optimizing performance. Combining good nutrition with physical activity can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Maximize with nutrient-packed foods
Give your body the nutrients it needs by eating a variety of nutrient-packed food, including whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat or fat-free dairy. Eat less food high in solid fats, added sugars, and sodium (salt).
Energize with grains
Your body's quickest energy source comes from foods such as bread, pasta, oatmeal, cereals, and tortillas. Be sure to make at least half of your grain food choices whole-grain foods like whole-wheat bread or pasta and brown rice.
Power up with protein
Protein is essential for building and repairing muscle. Choose lean or low-fat cuts of beef or pork, and skinless chicken or turkey. Get your protein from Read More Here...
Article content from: USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion