In our August issue, we asked you to tell us your tips for talking to loved ones about their health, and you listened! Read below to find out what your fellow readers had to say.
"Great tips on addressing a loved one who suffers from CKD. I would like to stress how important it is to some people to sometimes keep their health private because they do not want people to fuss and show new interest in them because of their condition. They want to be considered a person who happens to be affected by the illness and not as a sick person."—Karin
Breaking Down Barriers to Physical Activity
We all know physical activity is good for us, but it can still be hard to get moving, especially as the days get shorter and colder. The Weight-control Information Network has some tips to help you get active, such as:
Make physical activity a priority. We are all busy, so it's important to make time for physical activity. Try taking fitness classes that have a fixed schedule, build workouts into your lunch hour, or try waking up half an hour earlier than your normal time.
Exercise with a friend. If you have a workout buddy, it's easier to stick to your exercise routine. Plus, having company can make physical activity something to look forward to on the days you're not as motivated.
Exercise at home. Do your house work more energetically than usual, or work out to fitness videos, DVDs, or video games. Check a different one out of the library each week for variety.
Get a change of scenery. Go to a nearby park or nature trail to hike or bike. This is a great way to see the fall colors and celebrate the season while adding variety to your normal routine.
Choose low-cost activities. For lots of activities, such as dancing, you don't need special gear or equipment. Also, many deal-of-the-day websites offer discounts on local fitness classes, which is a great way to try out something new without spending a lot of money.
We want to hear from you! How do you get over your personal barriers to physical activity? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line "Physical Activity Tips," to tell us about it and we may feature you in a future eNewsletter!