Charlotte is a ‘Fit Community’

If you’ve seen the road signs, we are considered a ‘Fit Community’, but looking around one might disagree.  The world is finally addressing the concern of obesity and how it starts in our childhood.  Out of my friends, I’m the one who embraces exercise the most, (a special thanks to my parents for keeping me active in sports).

Aside from the usual effects of endorphins, you can feel refreshed, productive, energized, not to mention healthy.  Discovering a new park or path in the woods is exciting.  The downfall is that with all the construction Charlotte is undergoing, our ‘Nature Preserves’ are just that, something to protect.  It’s said that a habit forms when it’s repeated for 30 days.  So I urge you reader, get out, do something, WebMD says all we need is 20-30 minutes five times a week.

Flowering trees at Reedy Creek Park

Finding the time among our busy schedules is the difficult part.  Since our weather has taken a turn for the beautiful and summer came early this year, we have more daylight.  While vitamin D is good, we also need to get the blood pumping.  Instead of just lounging on that boat, swim a few laps, make a contest out of it.  If you can’t make it to a trail or the heat is a problem, take a nice walk around the block at dusk or, like I used to do, force yourself to finish the day positively by walking the dog.  Determination is key.  Those with offices overlooking the skyline, when you take your smoke break, walk, jog, or run if your suit allows it.  A lap or two around the parking lot while you’re out there is a good way to start a healthier habit by using a familiar one.

Obesity is a serious problem and it doesn’t help that we conveniently live two minutes from a fried chicken joint.  We only have one body, one life, let’s treat ourselves with the respect we deserve.  Let’s be selfish.

To help you, here are some websites to help you start and maintain a healthier, better you.

http://www.mensfitness.com/training

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness

http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness/basics/how-much-exercise-do-i-need.aspx

http://www.livestrong.com/article/381733-how-much-exercise-is-needed-to-lose-1-pound-of-weight/

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/children.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/411355-how-much-exercise-should-kids-ages-10-to-14-get-a-day/

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"a mind that questions everything, unless strong enough to bear the weight of its ignorance, risks questioning itself and being engulfed in doubt. if it cannot discover the claims to existence of the objects of its questioning—and it would be miraculous if it so soon succeeded in solving so many mysteries—it will deny them all reality, the mere formulation of the problem already implying an inclination to negative solutions. but in so doing it will become void of all positive content and, finding nothing which offers it resistance, will launch itself perforce into the emptiness of inner revery." - emile durkheim
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