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16 THE SHOP MARCH 2019 such as running errands or rearranging dis- plays still have some longevity benefits. Each 30-minute chunk of light activity was linked to a 12-percent lower risk of dying compared to more sedentary peers, according to the Journal of American Geriatrics. In another study conducted in 2018, for each half hour of light physical activity like walking or gardening, the risk of early death was slashed by 17 percent among older men. "The message that every movement counts may be the one that more Americans need to hear," says Jack Raglin, a professor of kinesiology at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health. "The fitness industry tends to keep people focused on the standard modes of activity, but it may be a big hurdle to go to a gym or to join a class, especially if you're older, not fit or overweight. You want something that's con- venient and not too hard for most people, and that you can do any time or place." Walking while on the phone rather than sitting, or using a bike or walking to lunch instead of using your car will have an impact, according to our fitness trainer. These easy activities, known sci- entifically as NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis), are associated with lower body weight, better overall health and an increased lifespan. The emphasis here is on moving your body; not having to work out. Recognize the difference between exercise and being active, even though formalized, vigorous exercise often results in the greatest health benefits, particularly among younger, healthy individuals. Even if you can't or don't move enough to meet the federal recommendations, any progress toward them is a step in the right direction. There is no time limit or level of intensity required if you just think back to the days when activity was a way of life. EAT REAL FOOD Some studies show that dietary supple- ments such as calcium and vitamins C and D are largely ineffective and some- times harmful. You're better off sticking to a balanced diet that consists of good, whole foods, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, which in 2016 found disappointing results about the benefits of supplements, along with mounting evidence of potential harm. Even professional athletes have found they can get all the nutrients they need from a whole foods diet. It's not rocket science, and the more we learn about nutrition, the more it seems to indicate we should eat the way people did 100 years ago—foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. This can mean eating whole grains instead of refined grains whenever pos- sible, fruits, vegetables and beans instead of supplements or vitamins, and less processed food overall. Whole foods are as nature made them, without added fat, sugar or sodium. Eating more whole foods will help you cut down on calories from the added fats and sugars found in processed and fast foods. Whole grain foods have been linked to lowering the risk of developing type 2 dia- betes, and improving cholesterol levels. UPGRADE YOURSELF This is only the beginning—a step in the right direction for improving your well- being and performance overall. It isn't costly, won't burden you with unneces- sary tasks and may prove to be a life saver. There are plenty of periodicals, online publications, trainers, dietitians and phy- sicians who can more precisely guide you along the path to healthy living. Isn't it about time you did as much for yourself as you have for your business? JASON SAKURAI heads up Roadhouse Marketing, a mar- keting, advertising and sales solutions firm dedicated to the automotive aftermarket. A fre- quent contributor to THE SHOP, his byline appears in many enthusiast and trade publications, in print and online. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and any movement is beneficial, even if it's just walking through the shop or standing at your desk. Improving your diet can improve your health, mood and motivation.

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