One of the contributing factors to acid reflux disease is a sedentary lifestyle. If you are affected by acid reflux, remember that the path to healing begins with a few steps, and in this case, literal steps. An active lifestyle can be a great defense and offense against not only acid reflux but a whole range of other illnesses as well. So, the question is, just what is an active lifestyle?
For the individual that lives a sedentary lifestyle, the thought of moving toward an active lifestyle can seem an intimidating prospect. So much so that they often give up before they try thinking that it is beyond their abilities. They imagine that an active lifestyle consists of going to the gym every day and engaging in the equivalent of training for a marathon. But the truth is, positive action can be taken in a few small steps, baby steps if you will.
You will be amazed at how a few small changes in lifestyle can change a person’s whole perspective on what being “active” really is. There are many different levels of active lifestyles and most of it is a gradual process but it all starts with one step. What kind of step you might ask? Well, the list of activities one can engage in are virtually limitless but just to get the ideas flowing and start you on your path to healing, here are four easy steps you can use to begin your path towards a healthier, active lifestyle that will be a great countermeasure toward acid reflux and a whole range of other infirmities.
Step number one: Walking or jogging in place. It may sound cliché but getting up off the couch and walking or jogging in place can be a great way to get some exercise and initiate a beginner level exercise program. If this seems boring to you and you need some extra motivation, try turning on the radio or television and walk/jog while you listen or watch. You’ll be amazed how quickly thirty minutes can go by when your favorite show or music is helping you through your workout routine.
Step number two: Take the stairs. Avoid elevators and escalators and opt for taking the stairs whenever possible. This may seem like a minor lifestyle adjustment but it has a beneficial, cumulative effect. Just think of it as a series of mini stairmaster exercise routines.
Step number three: Find a sport you enjoy. Remember, it doesn’t have to be marathon training (though one day, you just might be surprised to find you’re up for the challenge). Even something like ping pong or shuffleboard will get you on your feet and moving. You’ll burn calories, lose weight and have fun while you’re at it. These are great steps toward counteracting your acid reflux and improving your overall condition.
Step number four: Get up every twenty minutes. If you have a desk job or if you tend to sit around the house a lot, make it a habit of getting up every twenty minutes and walking around a bit. Even if it’s just to get a drink from the water cooler, a quick walk around will do your body good and break long periods of sedentary behavior. Sometimes this might not be possible depending on your work situation of course, but as much as you can, try not to stay seated for extended periods of time. Remember, every time you’re up and moving you’re burning more calories. When you burn more calories, you’ll lose more weight which of course are all beneficial steps toward countering your acid reflux and improving your overall health.
By Paul Renier