No, no, no. I'm not talking about the latest Hollywood blockbuster playing at your local multiplex or I-Max theater. I'm talking about a different kind of "movies," as in moving that body of yours. Here in my Daily Messages, you know how much I like to talk about one of my favorite subjects. Exercise, and the importance of making it a daily part of your lives. Yep, I've talked a lot about the benefits of exercise and the many, many ways in which it helps your body. Ideally, I'd like to see you put in a full hour of exercise time each day. But the truth is, the more you move your body...period, the better it is for your body.
100 is the number of extra calories per day a person can burn by simply being more active.
Get this. 100 is the number of extra calories per day a person can burn by simply being more active. I'm not talking about running a 100-yard dash, either. I mean little things such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator for a couple of flights up. And get this. Simply fidgeting, singing or even laughing leads to your body burning more calories. Yep, those little things can add up to a your burning an extra 100 calories a day, which may not sound like a lot. But remember the simple weight-loss formula. For every pound you lose, you have to burn an additional 3,500 calories. Burn an extra 100 calories a day and without even trying, it can add up to losing about an extra pound a month. Cool, huh? And it's easier to reach that goal than you may think.
For instance, heavy gardening, the kind that involves digging or raking counts as vigorous activity. Other daily responsibilities not only get your body's calorie-burning engine revved up, but has other healthy benefits as well. Doing everyday housework a few times a week can help reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke. Standing as opposed to sitting (an issue I addressed not too long ago) is linked to a lower risk of getting cancer, diabetes and even reduces the risk of early death, from any cause.
30% of people who move their bodies more often during the day reduce their risk of early death.
In fact, 30% of people who move their bodies more often during the day reduce their risk of early death, regardless of how much exercise they do on a regular basis. But give your body a little life insurance policy. In addition to simply moving more, be sure to get that hour of sweatin' time in everyday, too.
Like I've always said, your body was designed to move. So put that body of yours to work doing what the good Lord designed it to do. Make sure every day of your life is "a day at the movies." What's playing? Hey, a longer, happier, healthier life for you, that's what. Now that's the kind of blockbuster I want to see, with you in the starring role!