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Body and mind benefit from regular exercise

Do you have trouble getting 30-60 minutes of physical activity into your day? The benefits of physical activity are widely known, but getting the time to participate is hard. Here are a few tips to help keep your body moving.
Going shopping? Don't park in the closest spot to the door. Parking farther away means walking a longer distance, giving your heart a healthy boost.

If you are planning on running errands in the same area, park your car in a central location and walk to all your destinations. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible.

At home, when your favorite television show is on, grab two large cans of soup, or any other object weighing approximately 2-3 pounds, and do biceps curls during the commercials.

Another option is to start your spring cleaning early! Remember, if it is too hard to get 30-60 minutes of exercise in at one time, you can break it down to three 10-minutes sessions. Physical activity is not only good for your body, it is good for your mind. Exercising 30-60 minutes a day, no matter how you do it, will have positive effects on your health and boost your mood.

For more information call Kelli Bonifer
County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences Adair County Cooperative Extension Service
P. O. Box 309, Columbia, KY 42728, PHONE: (270) 384-2317, FAX: (270) 384-9167

Kelli Crane Bonifer became the Adair County Extension Agent for family and consumer sciences two years ago after the retirement of Sue Stivers.

A native of Jackson, Tennessee, she came to Adair County by way of Lindsey Wilson College where she was Assistant Food Services director for five years after getting a Bachelor of Sciences degree with a concentration in food administration from Memphis State University.

I love working with the people, she says, I am privileged to work with ten homemakers clubs in Adair County, in addition to teaching parenting classes, working with the SOS classes coming up this spring. She finds herself constantly answering questions, everything from how you get crazy glue off a table to researching problem-solving for new Latino residents.

She also says, when in doubt, throw it out! which is the answer to questions about foods in dented cans, jars with the vacuum seal broken or canned items over two years old.

Kelli and her husband, Duane, and two sons, C.J. and Parker, live in the Ebenezer community.

Healthy Lifestyle advice is sponsored by Westlake Regional Hospital, an acute-care, JCAHO-accredited hospital serving Adair County since 1980. For more information, phone 270-384-4753 or visit the Westlake website by clicking on the IOP logo in the top right corner of this web site, or going to

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