Need an exercise idea to get started?

sip-exerciseIf you’ve never thought about trying to push yourself in physical activity, consider coming up with a specific goal. Then, go about getting your body in the shape to do it.

Many goal experts recommend making goals measurable, which usually means number-oriented. With that in mind, here are a few ideas to consider:

  1. Walk for 30 minutes without stopping.
  2. Bike 10 miles.
  3. Complete 100 sit-ups in 5 minutes.
  4. Do 3 pullups.
  5. Jog or run 1 mile without stopping.
  6. Hold a yoga plank position for 1 minute.
  7. Do 20 jumping jacks, crunches, squats, lunges or pushups during commercial breaks while watching TV.
  8. Take the stairs if you have 3 or fewer floors to go.
  9. Try 1 new activity each month – yoga, bike class, Pilates or something else.
  10. Go for a family walk after dinner 3 times a week.

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5 Everyday things you can do to lower your blood pressure

  1. Take a brisk walk or do some other physical activity for a total of at least 30 minutes.
  2. Plan your meals and snacks to include eight to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables and two servings of low-fat milk. These foods are packed with the minerals that help control blood pressure.
  3. Avoid adding salt to your food at the table, use herbs and spices for seasoning, and limit processed foods. Continue reading