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Did you move for a week?

Last week I challenged you to move your body – to be active – just for one week.  I hope you found an activity you enjoy whether it is walking, biking, tennis, swimming or anything else you find pleasant.  I promised to give you some questions to ask yourself about the experiment, and here they are.

1. What did you try that worked to increase the amount of activity you get.

2. What did you try that did not work to increase the amount of activity you get.

3. What ways did your body react to increasing activity?

4. What negative effects did you expect that you did experience?

5. What negative effects did you expect that you did not experience?

6. What positive effects did you expect that you did experience?

7. What positive effects did you expect that you did no experience?

8. Before this experiment, what reasons did you have for not being active?

9. Now that you have done this experiment, in what ways are the reasons true or not true?

10. What could you do to make this increased activity level a regular part of your life.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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