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Be fit for life

Posted 8/19/2015

Being fit means eating right, exercising, and starting habits that will help you live a longer, healthier life. A healthy body can improve your energy level and give you an overall feeling of well-being. It can also help to prevent disease and premature aging. Fitness should be a part of everyone’s life--child, parent, or grandparent.

Part of being fit is eating right. Eating right means choosing a variety of healthy foods, limiting sweets and fatty foods, and including fresh fruits and vegetables in our daily routine. It also means starting every day with breakfast and not skipping meals throughout the day. Healthy snacks are an important part of eating right, too. Choosing foods from the five food groups as snacks keeps the body energized and strong.

Fitness also comes through enjoying regular exercise. Exercising can be any form of movement you like. You can increase your activity level without ever touching a ball! Try walking or riding a bike to the store instead of taking the car. When you must drive, park in the farthest spot from the door. Use stairs instead of elevators. Dance--even by yourself. Try turning off the TV for a little while every day. Go outside and do something active instead. Any form of active movement--thirty minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes daily for children--has been shown to help lower the risk of heart disease.

Start or continue some healthy habits. Make sure you and your children get plenty of sleep each night. Start each day with a healthy breakfast. Teach children the importance of brushing their teeth after meals and of keeping themselves clean.

Total fitness has many parts. Choosing healthy foods, exercising, and improving lifestyle habits can increase your fitness. Remember that our children will mirror what they see in us. If we keep fitness as a priority in our lives, our children will benefit from it as well.

Email or call Susan Lednicky, Nutritionist with Clark County Cooperative Extension, at 702-257-5548.

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