Fitness Spotlight: 4 ways to start moving and get healthy


You’ve heard the discouraging statistics: more than two-thirds (68.8%) of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher among Hispanic-Americans (78.8%) and African-Americans (76.7%). But while you know how important eating healthy and exercising are, like many of us with work, kids and home duties, you have a tough time.

But you really can do it! That doesn’t mean it’s easy but, if you’re serious and committed, making fitness a priority for 30 minutes each day is possible. Below are 4 tips for upping much-needed exercise without falling behind in your other commitments.

  1. People power: Commit to leaving the car in the garage and walking more often. A quick drive to the grocery store or to pick up your kids from school or daycare? Take a few extra minutes to walk there and back. Go on a brisk walk around your office at lunchtime or while your colleagues are taking smoke breaks better yet, invite them to come along. Skip the elevator up to your office or apartment and take the stairs it’ll increase your heart rate and strengthen your leg muscles too.
  2. Netflix and treadmill: There’s nothing you watch on TV that you can’t watch while on a stationary bicycle or treadmill. Pump up the volume and break a sweat for 30 minutes every evening.
  3. Family affair: Changing habits is a lot easier when you have someone cheering you on. Exercise with your spouse, best friend, neighbor or teenage kids.
  4. YouTube it: There are hundreds of exercise videos you can watch online. Do a search, find a fitness guru you like with exercises you can do at home and hop to it. Here and here are a couple of videos to get you started.

Are you ready to get fit? We’re not taking no for an answer! Share your fitness tips and success stories with other members in the Shop Talk Blog community forum!





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48 thoughts on “Fitness Spotlight: 4 ways to start moving and get healthy

  1. Yoga is a good way to relax and build up your energy but you can do like jogging or walking it helps improve your breathing lots of fun

  2. I have both BAD KNEES. I have gained weight. Plus I have had 3 back surgeries.

  3. I would also like to lose weight , but after having two hip replacements I don’t get around as well as I used to. Can you suggest someone for me?

  4. I have had three strokes and have arthritis in my right knee really bad which is also the side affected by the strokes. I am also morbidly obese. During the summer I swim and swim and swim, it eases my pain. My problem is the rest of the year it is difficult because I cannot hardly walk. I would welcome any ideas that could help me.

  5. Weight control has multiple factors. Portion sizes there is a popular portion diet that started for over a $100.00 but now is on sale with the guide for $9.99 now in most mail order catalogues it gives you a guide for how much you have of your meat, bread, fat, veggies, sweets all with easy containers. This helps you keep your portions down to all the proper sizes needed for the day.
    Exercise is 10 mins 3-4 times a day break it up if you don’t have 30 mins per day all at once.
    Always see your Doctor before starting a any diet and get their advice on what you plan to do.

  6. It’s hard for me cause i have asthma and when we walk i feel like i slow every one down so i just stay home

  7. I just got home from throat cancer surgery [ 12 days ago ] went shopping and 15 min. later I was wore out ….the surgery got the best of me ,,pushing too soon ,,I guess ..

  8. Trust in God with all heart,take care of your self ,share the gospel,pray and help others in need,be a cheerfull giver.Stay married,unless abuse,or adultery.It must be husband and wife,not spouse,partner,significant other.Follow the bible his plan not mans plan.

  9. I think being in good health is very important. It is very hard for me to loose weight. I try to everyday to exercise. I’m thinking about trying diet pills. However I hear diet pills are very unhealthy. What should I do? Please help me with ideas and advice

    1. Don’t use diet pills. Even if you loose weight you’ll gain it bake when you stop taking them. The VA helped me. I’v lost 57 lbs since Oct. Portion control and informed eating. Use a 9in plate. 1/2 is fruit and veggies. 1/4 is a 1/2 cup starch. 1/4 is 3oz of beef or pork, chicken. or 6oz fish. or 1/2 c beans. I have very few prosessed food’s in my house because I’v noticed over the years how our youth have changed. It’s not good, so it can’t be evalution. It has to be what we feed them. I still sample cakes and pie’s but I don”t eat the whole thing any more. when I endulge I walk further the next day and get back on track. I’v made my eating a life style change. You can do it. There’s help and info everywhere. Just believe you deserve you’re worth it. I know I am. Happy Healthy Eating

        1. The smaller plate idea really does help. If you just eye your portion, then actually measure out your portions you would be amazed what a difference there really is. I do not work for Weight Watchers but through the years it has been the ONLY way my family can lose and keep it off. My husband could drop weight no problem but now he is older he can’t just drop it easy. Now he started Weight Watchers he is loosing weight again.

    2. I lost 23lbs by drinking more water and cutting out soda and juices, walking ( I aim for at least 30 mins a day) and lifting weights. I started with my own body weight and then added very light weight. Do little things like take the parking space farthest from the store, and JUST MOVE. I dance with my kids, we race across the yard anything to get up and move. But don’t give up and no diet pills!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

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