Be active, stay healthy

Tate Wheeler, health enhancement director with the New Richmond Area Centre, sent out a health tip to “Be Active Card” participants. If you haven’t started your card this quarter, it’s not too late to get involved. Pick up a card at The Centre and complete the healthy activities by yourself or as a family.

Following is the tip Wheeler offers:

“Boost your metabolism starting now!

“Do you feel like your metabolism is slower than it used to be? In a lot of peoples case it probably is. After the age of around 30, our bodies lose muscle mass each year. The less muscle mass you have, the less amount of calories your body burns on a daily basis (which means slower metabolism). I’m sure you have all heard the saying, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Well this holds true with muscle. If you don’t strength train you will lose muscle mass every year after the age of 30. If you implement strength training you can maintain and/or increase your muscle mass and metabolism as you age…..yes, it’s possible! Start by strength training twice a week for 20-30 minutes and you will be well on your way to increasing your metabolism!

“Other easy ways to boost metabolism today:

“Drinking more water

“– Water has a lot of great benefits including boosting metabolism. Shoot for at least 2 liters of water per day for women and 3 liters of water daily for men.

“Staying active during the day

“– The more you move the more calories you burn. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, get up and move throughout the day if you sit at a desk, park further away, take a five-minute walk over lunch. Every little bit helps!

“Spread out your calories

“– Don’t eat all your calories in one meal. The analogy that I always use is think of your metabolism like a fire. If you throw a big log when starting a fire it doesn’t work that well. Break up your meals into smaller portions and your body will do a better job of metabolizing that food.

“Best of luck practicing these simple metabolism boosting methods!

“If you have any questions regarding the Be Active Challenge please feel free to contact us at:

“Until next time…..Be Active!”