Now that the temperatures are beginning to warm up a bit, getting outside and moving around might sound more appealing. There are so many outdoor activities that will get you the daily exercise you need that we cannot even begin to list them all… so here’s a few to get you started!
- Walk your dog or walk your child to and from school
- Hike Flattop Mountain, Falls Creek and/or Winner Creek Trails
- Take a bike ride down Bird to Gird Pathway, Campbell Creek and/or Tony Knowles Coastal Trails
- Fly a kite
- Go birdwatching in Chugach Park
- Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage to see moose calves roaming and bears coming out of hibernation
- Go fishing in Kincaid Park or Sand Lake
- Join a softball or kickball league – no experience necessary
- Canoe in Westchester Lagoon
- Hit the links at Moose Run Golf Course
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Increase Upper Body Strength
Increasing your upper body strength will help you do things like carry household items, open stuck jars, lift children, and maneuver a suitcase all while helping reduce back, neck and shoulder pain. To build up strength in your arms, chest and back, try these exercises (use heavy soup cans if you don’t have access to dumbbells):
- Bench Press – lie on your back and hold weights directly above the center of your chest with arms fully extended. Bend your arms until you reach a 90 degree angle in your elbows, then push your arms up and back to start position while focusing on squeezing your chest muscles.
- Overhead Press – similar to bench press, just done from an upright position. Hold weights directly overhead with arms fully extended, then bend arms to a 90 degree angle in the elbows to get weights just next to ears, ending by reaching back overhead.
- Bicep curl – seated or standing, hold weights in an underhand grip with arms relaxed by hips. Curl arms up, keeping elbows next to sides and bring weights to shoulder height while slowly twisting wrists so weights rotate to face forward. Slowly lower back to start position.
- Tricep extension – seated or standing, hold one weight in one hand while tipping forward at the waist. Keep upper arm against body and hinge at the elbow to straighten arm to the back, squeezing the tricep muscle then relax back down. Repeat on other arm.
Research shows that when a person drinks a glass of water before a meal, he or she will consume fewer calories at that meal. Not only will the water make your stomach feel fuller, it will aid your digestion process, too. Water is great for the skin, keeping it hydrated and supple, preventing fine lines and improving your complexion. Water helps increase your energy levels and flushes toxins from the body. It also boosts your immune system and helps relieve headaches. Aim for 6 to 8 ounces every hour – if you miss, just make up for it the next hour. Keep a bottle with you at all times and drink before you feel thirsty.