Be Your Best Self: Include the Family



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A lot of people find themselves using family trips, catching up with friends, or other social events as excuses to skimp on diet and exercise. For most us, family dinners are followed up with TV watching, and catching up with friends consists of downing empty calories at happy hour. Finding ways to stay active, however, is important. Sitting or lying down for prolonged periods slows the metabolism, decreases the effectiveness of insulin, and simply makes time with the family more boring than it needs to be. Also, the blood sugar from a meal is released after 60-90 minutes, so utilizing this window to exercise ensures that any pounds you take back home with you will be muscle and not fat.

After a family dinner, for example, WellnessFX practitioner Dr. Jeffrey Edman suggests a family walk around the neighborhood. Not only will it burn calories and get the metabolism going, but it can also lead to memorable conversations and maybe even a tradition.

If an old friend’s in town, suggest a walk through a park or a leisurely hike in the woods. Offer to take them to your rock climbing gym or go salsa dancing. Such activities will not only make for more active and memorable experiences, but can help expose loved ones to healthier habits as well.

How do you include others in your active life?

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