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Stay active during the summer

27 Jun

It’s finally summer! It is time for vacation, pool days, and soaking up the sun, but with so much to do all year like, like school, sports practices, work, and other family functions, you probably aren’t as beach body ready as you wish you were. Healthy lifestyles are hard to achieve, but it is the most important habit you should be adopting. Even if you don’t have time or money to go to the gym, don’t worry! Here are some workouts you and your children can do around the home for FREE!

            If you have a rope laying around, pick it up and jump over it a few times. Jump rope can be done individually or with a group. While you may not have stairs in your house, you may have some on your porch or at a friend’s. Climbing up and down them, or just stair stepping alone can increase your heartrate and burn some of those unwanted calories. High knees can be done inside and out. All you have to do is run in place and lift your knees as high as you can. The key here though is to keep your back as straight as possible, leaning forward or back can cause you to pull a muscle. Lunges are also really easy inside exercises. I try to lunge around my house as much as possible, especially when I am going from one room to the next!

         Plank-Collage   Another one of my favorite indoor exercises is the squat! You can do a traditional squat with your feet shoulder width apart or a sumo squat with your feet spread twice as far. The key here is to keep your back flat and not to bend at the hips. You don’t want to do too many to start off with, so set up a challenge chart for yourself and strive to maximize your effort each day. Another workout that you can set up in a challenge format for just you, or with a buddy, is the plank. Keep your feet hip width apart and your back as flat as you can. This works muscles in your body and it would thank you if it could!

            Some other simple, at home exercises you can do include dancing to your favorite playlist, hard core cleaning your home, and engaging with YouTube workouts. Find videos made by experts who give you step by step instructions on how to accomplish the form.

            If you are looking to get out of the house to spend a quiet day alone or a fun filled day with your friends and family, consider kayaking or canoeing. These water activities engage your upper body, but you have to remember to stay hydrated!! You can also grab some folks and play corn hole, horse shoes, or just go for a walk. Also check with your local YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Parks and Recreations Facilities, and the Cooperative Extension Service for group fitness courses, family activities, or summer camp opportunities. Have a fun and safe summer!


National Diabetes Month

4 Nov

salsa figures

Dancing the Salsa during the National Diabetes Month

            This week my county extension coordinator shared with me an article published in a recognized diabetes magazine. The featured story is about my favorite singer and fellow Puerto Rican Gilberto Santa Rosa, who is the Latino Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, during the National Diabetes month celebration that starts this month.  Eight years ago Gilberto discovered that he had diabetes, but that has not been a reason to stop singing, dancing and entertaining his fans spread around the world.

Santa Rosa’s goal, who has received countless recognitions for his contagious music, is to share an educational message with the Hispanic community about the incidence and the realities of diabetes. Latinos have 66% higher risk of having diabetes. He is also sharing that is very important that if you have diabetes you should visit your doctor to get informed about the treatment and the different alternatives available for each person. He encourages us to stay active and moving to help prevent and manage diabetes.

African Americans of non-Hispanic origin and Hispanic adults are less active (43.2% and 44.7 % respectively) than non-Hispanic whites (31%), according to the National Institutes of Health. To increase our physical activity, the American Diabetes association recommends that we dance to the rhythm of at least three of our favorite songs every day. I know that I don’t have a problem doing that following the salsa rhythms of Gilberto Santa Rosa! Which rhythms do you like?  Let’s dance salsa during the National Diabetes Month!