Let’s Move Onslow!
An active lifestyle can help reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke as well as strengthen your bones and muscles. Exercise can improve your sleep as well as making it easier for you to maintain a healthy weight. In addition, physical activity has been proven to help to lower stress, and help to make you feel more energized. Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. But if it's been awhile since you've exercised and you have health issues or concerns, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
If you don’t have a doctor, contact Onslow Memorial Hospital’s primary care providers to make an appointment.
HealthyInOnslow is committed to helping Onslow community Move More by providing resources, and up-to-date information so that you and your family can stay active, and live a healthier lifestyle.
How Does Exercise Benefit Your Overall Health?
According to the American Heart Association, regular exercise, they recommend 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week, can “lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia and Alzheimer's” Exercise can prevent several types of cancer and provide better bone health. Much research has shown that it can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. With all these health benefits, it’s hard not to exercise.
Eating Healthy for a Better Life
The Onslow Health Department says “eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is an essential part to maintaining your overall health. To feel satisfied with fewer calories, replace high-calorie foods with lower calorie foods. You can eat larger portions of these foods for fewer calories.”
or example, follow the advice from ChooseMyPlate.gov "make half your plate fruits and vegetables.". If you are struggling with obesity or other nutritional concerns, the Onslow Health Department provides Nutrition and Counseling services
Music Can Help You Relax
Music can help with the relaxation of tense muscles, which can release some of the tension from any stressful day. When you relax your muscles loosen, your mind calms, and this can reduce tension and stress that can have a positive effect on your overall health.
Keep the Whole Family Healthy and Moving
The American Heart Association recommends Healthy Steps for the Whole Family = A Healthier You. Learn more
Healthier You Inside and Out.
Why is physical activity so important for health and wellbeing?
We know that staying active is one of the best ways to keep our bodies healthy. But did you know it can also improve your overall well-being and quality of life?
Exercise Within Reach
This video from the American Heart Association will show you the difference between moderate and vigorous intensity physical activity.
Watch it now
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDEBOOK from Health.gov Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can, at least 10 minutes at a time. Every bit adds up, and the health benefits increase as you spend more time being active. MyPlate.gov
Click here for the Physical Activity Guidebook
Stress and Physical Health: How to Use Yoga to De-Stress
By April Clark
The New Year is upon us and we are encouraged to take an active role in our health and wellness. More and more we hear about the damaging effects of stress on our physical health and how exercise and food can play a part in mitigating and preventing it. Yoga is an excellent choice for de-stressing while inviting movement into the body.Read more...
YOUR GOAL: BUILD UP YOUR WALKING TO 10,000 STEPS A DAY
You can start out small by walking 2,000, 3,000 steps a day, but slowly increase the number of steps that you take every day. If you are already in shape, you may build to 10,000 steps sooner. Why is walking so good for you? Walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, and walking can prevent or manage chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Work steps into your day by choosing the stairs over an elevator and parking at the back of the parking lot and take a 10-15 minute walk at lunch. Click here to try these walking videos that you can do at home pinterest.com/lu4l/exercise-walking-workouts
Every pound of muscle uses 6 calories a day just to support itself, while each pound of fat burns only 2 calories daily. The more muscle you build, the more calories you will burn. Plus, building lean muscle will make it easier for you to maintain a healthy weight. Try these weight training exercise videos and build more muscle. More exercise videos here.
Physical activity resources from the American Heart Association
Getting Started - Tips for Long-term Exercise Success
Get Moving: Easy Tips to Get Active!
No time for exercise? Try our Top 10 Tips to get more!
Target Heart Rates
Create Your Own Circuit Workout at Home
Physical activity resources from MyPlate.gov
Target Heart Rate Calculator
Your target heart rate is the range at which sustained physical activity - running, cycling, swimming laps, or any other aerobic exercise - is considered safe and effective. Click here to figure out your target heart rate
SHOULD YOU TRY A CROSSFIT WORKOUT?
Are you wondering if you should try CrossFit training, but not sure what type of workout it is? CrossFit is a system of exercise and nutrition that claims to “forge elite fitness.” CrossFit advocates a mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weight lifting. Workouts are typically 30 minutes or less and very intense, requiring maximal physical exertion. Read more…
Walking workouts can help you: Maintain a healthy weight. Strengthen your bones and muscles. Improve your mood. Improve your balance and coordination.
Toning and strengthening your muscles increases metabolism, which helps burn more calories and helps with long-term weight control.
Cardio exercise helps you burn fat and calories for weight loss. It can make your heart stronger, and increases your lung capacity, and lowers your risk for certain diseases.
Pilates can improve flexibility and increase muscle strength. It can also enhance your core and balance.
Yoga provides many mental and physical benefits like greater muscle strength and endurance, as well as flexibility.