Let’s Move for Your Health

Exercise calisthenics #2

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise saves it and preserves it.”
-Plato

If you stay active then you are taking good care of your body, mind and spirit. Let’s move for your health today!

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Dr. Kim

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Stay Hydrated

893With our bodies being composed of about 70% water, it is so important to stay hydrated throughout the day. For a healthy metabolism and detoxification, pure water is essential. Staying hydrated also helps aid in circulation and even improves the appearance of your skin.*

Try enhancing the flavor of your water naturally with slices of lemon, lime or cucumber. Not only will your water have more flavor, but these additions can also help fight off indigestion, water weight gain, headaches and heartburn.

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*http://abcnews.go.com/Health/healthy-reasons-stay-hydrated/story?id=19714263
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Deep Breathing for Deep Relaxation

892The next time you are feeling overwhelmed, try deep breathing for relaxation. Breathing from your belly can maximize oxygen intake. With just 5-10 minutes of this type of deep breathing, you can experience deep relaxation.*

Abdominal breathing is easy once you learn to focus on the rise and fall of your stomach (rather than your chest). Inhale through your nose slowly and then exhale through your mouth; continue this cycle until you start to feel more calm and relaxed.

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*http://www.mindtools.com/stress/RelaxationTechniques/PhysicalTechniques.htm
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Exercise Outdoors to Stay Fit

852With an uneven terrain and more obstacles, exercising outdoors proves to be a better and more intense workout. Also, because the beautiful scenery serves as a distraction, researchers say that exercisers perceive outdoor fitness to be easier, providing both you and your body with a fitness win-win.*

Walking, hiking and swimming are all fun outdoor activities that can freshen up your routine. Be sure to exercise only in safe, well-lit areas and always let a friend or family member know where you plan to workout.

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*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/23/outdoor-exercise-health-benefits_n_1616467.html
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Why You Must Exercise

815“Exercise doesn’t just burn calories; it resets your appetite, your mood, your sleep cycle and even your ability to handle sugar.”
-Neal Bernard, MD

In addition to losing weight, exercise helps your entire body work properly. Let’s start your exercise program today!

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Dr. Kim

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Exercise Lifts Your Spirits

If you are depressed, then chances are you are feeling sad, lonely and in despair. Luckily, with exercise you may be able to naturally pull yourself out of a psychological slump. By increasing your body’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, exercise could help lift your spirits.*

No matter your physical strength, you can start incorporating exercise into your life today. Whether it is a walk around the block or choosing the option to take the stairs, small changes toward physical activity can boost your spirits and overall health.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/feature/Fitness/Exercise-Can-Lift-Your-Spirits/
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Benefits of Exercise for Emotional Well-being

792By boosting your body’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, exercise helps eliminate stress and the symptoms of depression. It will take initial effort on your part to get a workout regimen going; however, once you experience the feel-good boost exercise gives you, you will become motivated to continue.*

Exercise not only packs physical benefits, but psychological benefits too. Instead of looking at exercise as a chore, consider all of the good it is doing for your mind, body and soul.

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*http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/424757
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Good Health is Having a Good Attitude

765“To me, good health is more than just exercise and diet. It’s really a point of view and a mental attitude you have about yourself.”
– Albert Schweitzer, German/French theologian, philosopher and physician

If you love yourself, you will take good care of yourself. When you feel that you are worthy of good food and exercise, you will obtain good health naturally. Let’s change our attitudes about ourselves for the better today!

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Dr. Kim

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Get a Professional Trainer

727With New Year’s resolutions fresh in our minds, you may be committed to sticking to an exercise routine. Avoid getting hurt by easing into exercises and most important, doing them properly. If you have never done strength training, you may want to consult a professional trainer to teach you the proper techniques. Small variations in strength training can mean the difference between a toned body and an injured one.*

Don’t think you can afford a professional trainer to teach you the proper, safe ways to exercise? A lot of gyms offer free consultations with trainers once you sign up, inquire if such services are offered at your local recreation facility.

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*http://www.livestrong.com/article/497395-7-benefits-of-hiring-a-personal-trainer/
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Bridge Exercise for Tight Buttocks and Abs

1613You can tighten your buttocks and abs by doing a bridge exercise. The bridge is an easy move to incorporate into your workout routine, and it can boost your flexibility. Simply lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor about hip width apart. Outstretch your arms alongside your body and lift your hips up off of the ground, slowly lower and repeat.*

A basic bridge requires you to tuck your pelvis up and down for about one minute. To engage your abs and buttocks even more, do the basic bridge with your arms lifted up about one foot off of the ground.

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*http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/bridge-pose
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