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From Austin Neis, Crossing Rivers Health Cardiac Rehab Exercise Specialist


  • Are you in a funk?
  • Are you finding yourself sleeping more or not getting enough sleep?
  • Are you noticing yourself leaning more towards those comfort foods?
  • Are you starting to see unwanted weight gain?

If you answered yes to those questions, you might be in an exercise and nutrition rut.

  • Think of your body as a vehicle. Would you put diesel fuel in your gas car? No!!! So, the meals you eat are essentially “fuel for your car” a.k.a your body. So why would you want to put “junk” foods into your body for fuel.

  • Meals that are packed full of unhealthy fats and LOADED with calories are not needed for our body. Those fast food meals and microwavable “easy” meals are gateways to consuming way too many calories, and when we consume too many calories over a period of time, there is a negative effect, which is weight gain. Weight gain comes with a possibility of a number of unwanted health problems.

How to combat these feelings
Most people feel that exercise is a chore and that exercise is too time consuming. The reality is that you only need to take 30 minutes out of your day, and those 30 minutes don’t have to be in one sitting. You can take 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the afternoon, 10 minutes at night. Can you spare 30 minutes out of your day from your TV time, your desk, or you social media?

What is the best form of exercise?
MOVING!!! Just get up and move when you have free time, whether that is when you have breaks at work or on your lunch.



The simplest and cheapest form of exercise is walking. If you don’t think you can spare 30 minutes, then park in the furthest parking spot away from work or at the grocery store. Take the stairs or use the bathroom at work that is the furthest from your office.

Ask yourself this question: Can I do all my tasks in my daily life in 23 ½ hours? If that answer is yes, then let’s get up and start moving!


Crossing Rivers Health Cardiac Rehab is a physician-referred, professionally monitored exercise program that focuses on managing and modifying risk factors for heart disease in individuals who had a heart attack, angioplasty or stents, bypass surgery, stable angina, heart valve repair/replacement, heart/lung transplant and congestive heart failure.