Need a motivator to get you started on the road to good health and to avoid cancer and other diseases?
You may want to check out the American Cancer Society’s new website, EatRightGetActive.
On this new site, the ACS points out that for people who don’t smoke, making a commitment to simple lifestyle changes can often lessen our risk for diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
EatRightGetActive challenges you to make these simple changes, and keeps you motivated by helping you:
- Set goals for healthy activities, healthy eating and a healthy weight.
- Track your eating habits, fitness activities, and weight loss with an online journals.
Finally, the site provides tips and resources to help you reach and maintain your goals.
Once you sign up for this challenge (for free, of course), you set some goals for yourself.
Your dashboard contains your activity, based on the goals you choose.
For example, I have a nutrition tracker, based on eating 5 servings of fruit/veggies a day and 3 servings of whole grains. The food journal keeps me in touch with just what I’m putting into my stomach (and keeps me from eating that Snickers bar at around 3 p.m. during the week, in favor of other healthier snacks I now keep at my desk!) The journal also keys me in to emotional eating.
I also an activity tracker, based on a 60 minute a day exercise goal. I recently read about the study that shows if a middle-aged woman (well, I’m actually over “middle-aged,” unless I’m able to live until I’m 106) wants to simply maintain her weight, she needs to get 60 minutes of exercise a day, 7 days a week!
Apparently, middle-aged men don’t need any exercise. Of course, they don’t seem to even worry about their weight. When was the last time your hubby asked you a silly question like: “Do these pants make me look fat?”
To be honest, I know the 60 minutes a day won’t be easy. I may have to convince my lazy butt to get out of bed a teensy bit earlier that 7:16 a.m. (I leave the house at 8 a.m.) so I can fit some fitness into my morning (oh sure, like that will happen).
Now where was I? Oh yea, the EatRightGetActive dashboard. It also charts your progress for the week you’re in and provides a BMI calculator, based on your weight and height.
There are also Goal and Report pages. Both of these pages help you chart your progress, based on the goals you’ve chosen.
Find exercise boring? The “Move” Page describes how to “fit fun into fitness.” It provides links to fitness tips, such as how to stay motivated and how to incorporate fitness into your family activities.
The Nourish page talks about healthy diets, keeping a food journal, a shopping list for healthy ingredients for your meals, etc.
The site also includes a Discussion page, but since EatRightGetActive has only been recently introduced, the discussions are minimal. Hopefully that will change as time goes on.
Some people may be turned off by EatRightGetActive’s simplicity. If you’re the type of person who enjoys a lot of “bells and whistles” on a website, you may want to look somewhere else. As for me, I like being able to maneuver my way around easily and track my goals and progress in a clear-cut fashion. The less time I spend sitting at my PC, the more time I have to fit in those 60 minutes of exercise!
Speaking of that, it’s time for some fitness. This “middle-aged” body ain’t getting any younger, you know.