May 24, 2024

Do your hands ache?

Fit Body:

Hand and Finger Range of Motion

Do your hands ache? Do you work at a computer all day or perform small detailed work using your hands often? Performing hand and finger range of motion daily is important to increase circulation and decrease soreness and stiffness. Here’s how to begin:

Make a loose fist with each hand, and then release. Do 5-8 times.

Squeeze your fingers together (keeping your fingers straight), then separate 5-8 times.

Curl in your fingertips only, then straighten. Do 5-8 times.


*Consult your physician before performing exercise.

Healthy Choices Add Up

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Healthy Choices Add Up

Not tomorrow, today! What can you do RIGHT NOW to CHOOSE healthy?

Drink a glass of water.

Take 5 deep breaths.

Stand up.

Walk down the hallway.

Reset your posture: Pull your shoulders up to your ears, and then pull your shoulders down and back.

Eat veggies.

Say no to sugary snacks and beverages.

Call, email or text someone who makes you happy.

Watch a funny video on YouTube that makes you laugh.

Download a fitness or food tracking app.

Stand up for yourself.

Clean your desk.

Sit up straight.

Help someone else.

Pet your dog or cat.







Take Responsibility for Your Fitness!

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Take responsibility for your health and fitness!

YOU are in charge of your workout! If you want to feel better, look better and function better, log consistent workouts. You can have more energy. You don’t have to live in pain. You don’t have to settle for poor posture. You can have strong muscles. Take responsibility RIGHT NOW by:

Get up earlier and log a home workout via YouTube, DVD or App.

Exercise at lunch.

Walk as much as you can during your day.

Sit less, take more breaks during your day.

If you don’t enjoy your workout, or at least part of it, try a new type of exercise. Keep trying new exercise until you find what works for you.

Join a community sports league or exercise class.

Train for an event like running or triathlon.

Schedule workouts with friends, instead of happy hours and meals.

Download a stretching app and do it every night after work.

Commit to a daily practice of deep breathing and meditation.






Take a Break…

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Take a Break…

… and practice deep breathing! Simply close your eyes and take three to five deep breaths. Don’t worry about breathing technique such as breathing in through your nose or out your mouth, etc, do what feels most comfortable to you. Instead breathe in for a count of 2-3 seconds, hold for 1 second, then slowly exhale for 3-5 seconds. Then pause and relax, and begin again. The key is to not rush each breathe, just find your natural rhythm. When we breathe mindfully, our nervous system receive a message to relax. In doing so, our muscles relax, tension releases, stress decreases, our mind clears and we feel better.


Quality Fitness Time

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Quality Fitness Time

Getting in your workout is not a luxury, it is a necessity.  Quality fitness time is essential for all aspects of health. Whether a 10 minute walk or a 90 minute power class, your body AND your mind will thank you. Here’s how to insure quality fitness time:

Rotate workout focus. Choose a different focus for each workout to maintain mental interest.

Not all exercise has to be structured to count. Choose to live active during each day.

Choose a skill-set to master. Take up a new sport or a new mode of exercise. There is motivation in learning something new.





Stress Relief Made Simple

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Breathe and Move!

Stressed out? When you’re stressed out breathing becomes shallow and muscles become tight. Eliminate stress from your body and your mind with these actions:

Inhale for 2-3 seconds pulling your shoulders up to your ears.

Exhale slowly for 3-4 seconds pulling your shoulders down and back.

Repeat 3 times.

Next head out for a 5-10 minute power walk. Move your arms as you walk and turn over your legs quickly. Walk your hallway, your office, your complex or around the building. A brisk walk forces deep breathing. Deep breathing is where muscle tension is reduced and stress relief happens. Enjoy!

Break Up Your Day with Fitness!

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Add in Fitness Breaks!

Add fitness breaks into your day and decrease tension and stress. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Wall the hallway.

Stretch at your desk.

Drink water.

Grab a fruit snack.

Do a set of pushups, wall squats or planks.

Take 5 deep breaths.

Instead of sending an email, walk to your co-workers office.

Perform a cardio burst of jumping jacks, jog in place or squat jumps.

Lunch time walk outdoors.

Planning for Optimal Health by Dr. Lori Shemek

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were to just snap our fingers and all we wanted in life appeared instantly? We all know this isn’t a reality so we have to create our life, not with the snap of the fingers, but with a plan. We have control. 

Creating healthy change is almost as easy as snapping your fingers if you have that blueprint to take you to health success. Making, pardon the pun, ‘snap’ decisions regarding your health is a plan for failure. Why? Because you don’t have the necessary steps laid-out in front of you. You have to live your life on purpose!

For example, if you know you’ll be going to visit Grandma and she always cooks high calorie foods and sweets, your plan then is to eat a small healthy meal before you go that includes a lean protein and a smaller amount of complex carbohydrates (whole grains, beans, fruits or veggies) to help minimize the urge to overdo it at Grandma’s table.

Other health habits to include in your plan for success:

Get enough sleep.  Keeping your phone, computer or television by your side will prevent you from getting the 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Also, if you are a night owl, consider hitting the sack 1 hour earlier to acclimate your body to a longer sleep cycle. Sleep is vital to optimal health, emotional health and weight loss. 

Plan and prepare your food. The key to a healthy diet is to plan what you are going to purchase at the store and what you are going to make for your meals. Have your grocery list full of healthy foods in hand when you go shopping. Prepare most of your meals in advance. Step out of the ‘Convenience Culture’ mentality that is slowly damaging your health.  Stopping at the drive-thru is convenient yes…but it is also your first class ticket to weight gain and poor health. Pre-chop those veggies, boil a carton of eggs for meals and snacks, make those lunches the night before. By planning and preparing your meals, you are setting yourself-up for healthy success.

Schedule Your Exercise. Select a day and a time to exercise that you absolutely know you will stick to! Put it in your appointment book or calendar and honor it as you would a doctor appointment. This action is ‘accountability’ and accountability is vital for any successful endeavor including fitness. If you are consistent with this, exercising will become something that you do automatically, much like brushing your teeth.

Whether your goal is to eat healthier, lose weight, reduce stress, age younger, or just create optimal health, you’ll find a plan is your key to achieving optimal health.

Dr. Lori Shemek is a Health Expert for the #1 ABC Show “Good Morning Texas!”  She is the author of “Fire-Up Your Fat Burn:  Super-Easy Quick Tips, Strategies and Goals”