Health Tips from the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports
Nearly half of American adults report that they do not exercise
at all, and seven out of 10 do so infrequently. You
don't have to become a marathon runner or be able to
afford a gym or health club membership to improve personal
health. The health of Americans would improve with modest
but regular physical activity and better eating habits.
Amanda Cromwell, Professional Soccer Player
If you are trying to lose weight or cut body fat, try
weight training. Lifting weights, combined with 30 minutes
of cardiovascular exercise, will help you tone your
muscles and lose body fat. If you don't have a gym,
try lunges, pushups, sit-ups, bench dips, body weight
squats, squat jumps. Just lifting your own weight is
While watching the World Cup soccer games I was reminded of
a simple tip for kids in any sport. If you want to achieve
your best and if you have dreams of playing in high
school, college, or for your national team, practice
the basics. In soccer, you must be confident with the
ball at your feet. The players in the World Cup are
incredible with their first touch, dribbling in tight
spaces, and passing accuracy. I encourage young players
to work hard on all these skills. Also, don't forget
about using your head. World Cup goals are scored with
all parts of the body, except the hands.
Denise Austin, Fitness Expert
Plan ahead to drink plenty of water. You can buy bottled
water by the carload or spend a few minutes filling
up empty bottles in the morning like I do. Next, space
it out. Have a big glass of water before breakfast,
mid-morning, just after and before lunch. Half done!
Drink it up in the midafternoon, before and after dinner
and midevening. No problem! Finally, take advantage
of every water fountain that you pass.
Treat your exercise routine no differently than an important
appointment that you have to keep. If you incorporate
it into your life, just as brushing your teeth, it will
become a part of your life for good!
When trying to follow any type of aerobic routine, if you
are unable to participate in some of the moves, it is
best to just jog in place to keep your heart rate up.
When you feel you are able to do so, continue with the