Stick with what you learned in kindergarten
I know that the whole "swine flu" epidemic/pandemic is a bit scary, but it really doesn't
need to be. Just remember everything you learned in kindergarten.
Wash your hands
Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve
Eat your fruits and veggies
Stay home when you are sick and avoid hanging around with those who are sick
Use common sense
AAll of these measures can help to keep you healthy!
Speaking of exercise: Bicycle to work week is coming up!
As we get older, some of us have creaky joints
that can make exercise challenging. There is something that you can do that is
a great aerobic activity, good for maintaining a healthy weight and is just
plain fun. That activity is something we all did as kids....riding a bicycle.
Riding a bike is good for an overall workout. It is good for your legs, core
and balance. If you don't want to go outside you can use a stationary bicycle.
If you want a real workout, go to your local gym club and find out about
spinning classes. There you can ride a bike to music and be led up and down
virtual hills with a group. It is social, fun and you can work up quite a sweat.
If you want to burn calories, biking is a good way to do it. If a 130-pound
woman rides ten miles, she burns 400 calories. It is a very efficient way to
stay in shape and have fun at the same time. It is also a great stress reliever
that boosts endorphins.
Bicycling outside can be made easy if you find level ground. Start out slowly,
and of course wear a helmet. It will feel good to get out into the fresh air.
If you want to make it more competitive or social, find local bicycle races that
map out rides. You don't actually have to race. The key to incorporating
exercise into your life is finding something that is fun to do.
May is National Bike Month and the week of May 11-16, is Bike to Work Week.
Consider taking this opportunity to put on your bike helmet, hop on your bike
and ride to work. You may have fun and notice that you feel good as well!