The Importance of Fitness
Statistics show that more than two thirds of the adult American population are obese. And we are also seeing an alarming trend in our children also.
Many people have been deluded into believing that there’s not that much they can do about how they are aging. There’s a misconception that those who age gracefully and look much younger than they are “just lucky”; they “have the good genes”.
That’s simply not true. Yes, some people do have ‘youthful genes’, but no matter how blessed with youth-retaining skin and joints someone is, they will not remain looking good for long if they don’t maintain a regimen of health related fitness regimen. And yes, staying youthful and fit, and enhancing longevity, require some commitment and work on your part.
Listen in on the benefits of exercise here
Compared to our historic predecessors, we live more sedentary lives. We have invented so many machines and automated processes to help us do more work and be more productive with less effort. There’s no way that you can maintain health, fitness, and the chance to live a long life if you don’t keep on moving.
|Moving is an important dimension of the wellness spectrum and health…. This is commonly called exercise.|
Our bodies were created to move. Even on an subconscious level, moving is eternally present from the time that we are born till we pass through transition. For instance, the gentle movement of the breath from our nostrils through the airways, the pumping of our hearts, the rhythmic movement of our digestive systems are but a few examples of subconscious movement.
When we are younger, we naturally moved. Children don’t need detailed health related fitness–they do it naturally. Think of a young child at play in a park.
Sadly with the increased wave of crime in our society, our children are being kept indoors and left in front of the TV and on video games.
The vast majority of us don’t need to work physically taxing jobs anymore.
Health related fitness requires a commitment to incorporating more movement into your life. I used the word commitment in place of work. But isn’t your overall health and wellness worth your commitment?
I recently did some research on the benefits of exercise. Do you know that I found over 61 benefits of exercise?
I listed them under the headings from the wellness dimensions just so that you could have an ongoing understanding of how these are all interrelated. And why I think that this is a very important tool in educating people about a wellness way of lif
|THE 61 BENEFITS OF EXERCISE:
SELF RESPONSIBILITY AND LOVE
Enhances self esteem
Reduces the severity of anxiety and/or depression
Reduces or eliminates Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Prevents or lowers the risk of Diabetes Mellitus
Prevents Heart Disease
Encourages self discipline
Enhances better skin tone
More youthful appearance
Reduced menopausal symptoms
Improved efficiency of the respiratory muscles
Decrease in Respiratory Rate
Reduces Blood Pressure
Reduces resting heart rate
Increase in the muscle mitochondria
Can improve the Galvanic Skin response
Improves the function of the liver
Reduces insulin resistance
Improves the quality of sleep
Improved function of the endocrine glands
Lowers Low-Density (LDL) Cholesterol (also known as bad cholesterol)
Increased HDL (Good) cholesterol levels
Increases intake of water
Helps maintain an ideal body weight
Improves bowel regularity
Less craving for unhealthy foods
Enhances the elimination of harmful toxins through sweating
Promotes weight loss
Increases metabolic rate
Improves muscle strength
Creates more lean body mass
Improves muscle definition
Reduces body fat
Increases glycogen storage in the muscles
Prevents bone loss-Osteoporosis
Strengthens the body’s immune system
Reduces varicose veins
Improves blood flow
Improves body composition
Improved flow of oxygen in the body
Increased energy level
Improves flexibility of the joints
Reduced osteoarthritis of the knees
Improves hand eye coordination
Reduced back pain
Better able to handle stress
Better sense of humor
Enhances mental clarity
Improved self confidence
PLAYING AND WORKING
Improved work-life balance
Reduction in Type A Behavior Patterns
Improved sexual health
Improves the survival after certain cancers (for example breast and colon cancer)
FINALLY IT’S JUST PLAIN FUN ?
MY PERSONAL CHALLENGE TO YOU:
I would like to challenge you to discover a form of health related fitness that you enjoy in the next 14 days. Be playful in your research. Remember it is safe to spend the time experimenting to see what fits. Remain open to several options. This is a lifestyle change that we are talking off not a quick fix scheme!
Then commit to starting out for five to ten minutes a day to just show up to do your chosen activity for the next 21 days. Why 21 days? Because it takes 21 days to make create habit. As a health coach my goal is to assist you in creating simple measurable attainable steps toward long term lifestyle change.
By starting out with just five to ten minutes we are creating new neuronal (nerve) pathways in our brain.The more established the activity becomes the more long term it will be.
To your Health and Wellbeing
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