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Get Moving! Get Active!

- January 1, 2020 by Paula Tetrault (View all posts by Paula)

A new year, a new you! I bet you have heard that before. Hopefully some of you reading this are doing what you can to lead a healthy lifestyle. For those of you who could use a little motivation, here is another great reason to get active.

Playing with my beloved German Shepherd on a cold December afternoon and feeling young, I hit a patch of gravel, did a face plant – hitting a rock, the patch of gravel and what felt like a freight train.  I can only imagine what my graceful fall looked like – and I am thankful that only Cassie (my beloved German Shepherd) was the only witness to the what I assume was somewhat comical and cartoon-like fall (but in my dreams was much more graceful). After a brief black out, I awoke with a bloodied nose, aching head, black eye and Cassie trying to get me to throw the Frisbee again.  What happened next?

I got up and I brushed myself off, and continued to throw the Frisbee and enjoy the day.  That is why we exercise and stay active. So we can get back up when we fall down.”

I have many friends who would not have been as resilient in that situation. They would be lying on the ground waiting for help because their bodies would not have been able to handle the stress of the fall. I lead a healthy lifestyle so my body can handle more.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “people who do 120 to 300 minutes of at least moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week have a lower risk of hip fracture.”

Do you get back up after you fall down?  Don’t risk losing a day to a silly slip and fall. Get moving and get active so you can get up too!  I admit I did stay out of the public eye for a few days because of the way of I looked (black eye, bruised and battered face, etc.). but consider myself so lucky and one New Year’s Resolution is to exercise more and Continue healthy eating habits – if for no other reason than to throw that Frisbee!

Happy New Year!

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