LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you are behind on your New Year's resolution to get fit this may just be the reminder you need. This week is national healthy weight week and it is all about making smart choices.
It's not a coincidence that this week occurs after New Year's," explained Dr. Jamie Cooper, an assistant Nutrition professor at Texas Tech. Nationwide, the week focuses on healthy habits instead of bouncing from diet to diet and extreme exercise.
Dr. Cooper says there is an epidemic problem in America. "I like to tell people everything in moderation, so if pizza is your favorite food have it once in a while instead of three times a week."
Dr. Cooper also recommends cutting back on refined sugars and liquid calories like soft drinks. She says that each step counts and that if you have to make a choice choose the stairs over the elevator while you are out.
Leslie Eyerly coordinates fitness and wellness at the Texas Tech Rec Center and says exercise shouldn't intimidate or overwhelm you. "It's mostly recommended that you get 30 minutes of cardio a day. It doesn't have to be combined. It can be 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there."
The exercise expert also says that you can park at the end of the parking lot or even walk around your office during the day.
"Don't focus on the number or bad diets but just make everyday changes," said Eyerly.
It's not just about eating right and exercising, but experts say the number of hours you sleep is directly linked to your overall health.
Some Tips for Healthy Living From Dr. Jamie Cooper
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