Keep Your Body Moving

When you hit the diet plateau, learn how to jump-start your diet. Try burning an extra 100 calories a day. Working out hard for 40 minutes can make your body burn more calories at a higher rate for nearly a full day. Follow these easy tips to help you get on track:

Try and choose activities and exercises that work the major muscle groups of your body legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms. Exercises for each muscle should be repeated 8 to 12 times per session. As with all exercise, if you haven’t been active in a while, start slowly and build up.


Reasons to get outdoors. Sunlight hitting the skin begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. This will help fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks. Limited sun exposure (don’t overdo it), supplemented with vitamin D pills if necessary, is a good regimen.

Going outside means less time in front of the TV and computer and more time walking and meeting people while doing other things that put the body in motion.

Light tends to elevate people’s mood, makes us happy. Physical activity helps people relax and removes stress which also supports our motivation to diet.

People recovering from spinal surgery should be exposed to natural light.  Which helps relieve stress and supports taking fewer pain medications. So get outside and have fun!

A partial list of wheelchair-related activities and their caloric burn (performed by a 160-pound adult in thirty minutes):

  • Sitting, watching TV: 40
  • Dusting: 65
  • Table Tennis: 80
  • Vacuuming: 98
  • Basketball (shooting baskets): 116
  • Tennis: 149
  • Basketball (gameplay): 221
  • Nordic sit skiing: 428