Don’t let weight management conjure up that dreaded “exercise” word. Exercise to some means pushing the body beyond limits, experiencing pain in joints, muscles, bones – everywhere. Replace the word “exercise” with “activity” and incorporate this in your daily routine. Activity would be to strive for a minimum of 30 minutes for adults or 60 minutes for children of moderate physical activity daily. Individual activity goals depend upon each person’s health and weight goals and issues. You can do it! Think and Grow Healthy! www.thinkandgrowhealthy.net

Even if you can’t get out to walk, bike or swim, take stairs instead of elevators and escalators. Clean your house. Clean your car. Wash windows. Wash your dog. Check out exercise videos, cassettes and workout books from the public library and put some of their ideas into action. Check out your local fitness centers, YMCA, community center, too, for ideas. Partner up with a neighbor to walk or join a community volleyball team.

There are unlimited ways to be active and enjoy life at the same time without using painful weight loss strategies.