Jeannette BessingerJeannette Bessinger, Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor and owner of Balance for Life LLC, is a co-author of the upcoming book Whole Life Nutrition A Simple Approach to Nourishing America's Busy Families, and the meal and recipe designer for the Dr. Jonny Bowden’s The Healthiest Meals on Earth 50 Recipes and Why You Should Eat These Foods (release: spring of ’08). A motivational speaker and health/nutrition educator, Jeannette regularly gives talks and classes to businesses, corporations, non–profits, wellness centers, hospitals, colleges and faith–based organizations with an interest in wellness and disease prevention. Jeannette has provided services in health education and prevention for individuals and groups in a wide variety of venues for fifteen years. Her professional specialty is the development and facilitation of unique, effective lifestyle change programs targeting complex health and wellness issues such as obesity, chronic stress, family balance and disease prevention. Creator of the Whole Life Nutrition™ approach to health improvement, she currently runs these successful lifestyle change programs in both hospital and holistic settings. Jeannette acts as a lifestyle health consultant to several public and private groups and coalitions working to improve the health of schools and cities. She was a lead investigator and strategist on a citywide assessment and intervention plan for obesity funded by the RI Department of Health. She also designed and facilitated an obesity prevention program for Head Start with a grant from the American Association of Pediatrics. A graduate among the first class of women at Columbia College, Columbia University, Jeannette has pursued an extensive, multi–modal education in teaching, health and wellness. As a very busy wife and mother of two children, she understands first hand how challenging it can be to maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle as a working parent. With a personal history of autoimmune disease and diabetes, she knows how vital it is to put your health first on your priority list. Much of the depth and practical nature of Jeannette's material arises directly from her own efforts to meet the challenges of balancing health, family and a lively career.
Host: What are some ways I can get more exercise?
Jeannette Bessinger: Typically with exercise, we tend to get into a rut, it is very easy to do. We find something we like and try to do that everyday and within a few weeks or few months we are really burned out.
So, one of the first keys is to increase your variety. Try different forms of exercise. Don t go to the gym five days a week unless you really, really love the gym. In the warmer months, if you live in an area where you can get outside, get outside. You can vary it with walking, even changing the pace of your walking, you might be comfortable jogging, you might be comfortable roller skating.
Another way to get exercising is to just to think about increasing your movement. How can I add more movement to my day, maybe I can park my car farther away from the supermarket, when I go in. When I am talking my bags into the house can I lift them up and down instead of just carrying them possibly?
Anyway you can sneak some time and can I take the stairs as opposed to ride in the elevator. So, you don t have sit down, you don t have to go the gym for an hour to get a good a workout. You can work your body for ten minutes at a time and if you can do that three or four times a day you are doing great.