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Resolutions for the New Year and beyond

As we’ve climbed over the halfway point of January, I’m just getting around to making a New Year’s resolution (Be more organized!). Anyway, if your intentions for 2014 included any effort to be healthier, check out this Q&A with Eric Stein, Stanford BeWell program founder and co-director. He discusses motivation to change health habits and comments on the growing wellness culture at Stanford.

In light of a recent Scope post citing more evidence that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to early death, I wanted to spotlight this part of the piece:

What do you say to people who feel they are too busy to exercise?

I encourage them to look at individuals such as the [university’s] Provost, who makes it a point to exercise on a regular basis. The Provost schedules his workout in his calendar as a meeting that he must attend.

If people realize that the upper administration feels this way, perhaps they won’t feel bad taking a break to exercise during the day. The perception is that the hard worker is the one who doesn’t get away from his or her desk. I’d love to see that perception redefined as the hard, smart worker is the one who takes a break to exercise and comes back reenergized.

Now, time for a mandatory walk.

Previously: Preventing pre-diabetes from turning into diabetes, Exercise is valuable in preventing sedentary deathIs standing healthier than sitting?Stress, will-power top reasons why Americans fail to adopt healthy habits and Helping make New Year’s resolutions stick

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