- Exercise & Fitness
Fitness and it's Importance
Modern conveniences tend to minimize the amount of activity that we get as a society. Many of us drive everywhere, we have food delivered and we spend alot of time watching television or playing on our computers. None of these activites require much physical movement. We don’t even have to get up and walk to the television anymore in order to change the channel.
If we are not careful, our fitness will decline and so will our health. With obesity constantly rising, it’s more important than ever to incorporate some kind of fitness program into our lifestyle. A complete fitness program includes nutrition, exercise and similar healthy habits.
The easiest way to start or improve our fitness program is to make small changes to our everyday lifestyle. Starting small will make fitness and exercise easier to include in our lives and will not require significant sacrifice and motivation. Small fitness improvements made today, that become a regular part of our lives, can have significant life long health benefits.
Fitness and Exercise Motivation Strategies
Even if we start by taking baby steps towards improving our fitness, we still need motivation to accomplish our new goals. Motivation is needed to get started and to maintain our new habits and lifestyle. There are many ways to motivate yourself, so pick whichever method works best for you. Here are a few fitness and exercise motivation strategies:
- focus on getting into shape for beach season, and wearing your old favorite bathing suit;
- if you have a special occasion (wedding, birthday, reunion, etc) use that as a motivating deadline for getting into shape;
- find a partner with similar goals and create a support system;
- reward yourself with your dream vacation, give yourself something to look forward to;
- think of activities that you really want to accomplish, that require increased fitness;
- create fitness goals with deadlines, both short-term and long-term; and
- focus on your goals at least 3 times a day and visualize yourself as the new you, etc.
These are just a few suggestions, but really think about the benefits that you want to obtain from your fitness program and why they are important to you. The more emotionally attached you are to your fitness goals and benefits, the more likely you are to accomplish them. Unfortunately, few people are motivated by the mere fact that a fitness program will enable them to live a longer and healthy life. Everyone is motivated by different factors, only you can decide what will work for you.
Starting a fitness program can be as easy as walking 30 minutes, three times a week. If you do not walk now, this small change can really improve your overall fitness. You can accomplish this by walking every morning, walking after dinner, walking to and from the bus station instead of driving, taking the stairs if you are only going up or down 3-5 floors, going inside instead of using the drive through, etc. When you begin to focus on fitness and exercise, you will find small ways everyday to include exercise in your everyday activities.
If you are ready to begin your fitness program but are not sure what types of activity will be most beneficial, get advice from a professional. You can consult with your doctor, a fitness trainer at your gym, or review fitness guides and information on the internet.
You should always speak with your doctor before starting any new fitness program. Have a complete physical examination and let your doctor know what you are trying to accomplish. Depending upon your current fitness level, he may offer some guidelines that you should follow.
Pick a fitness program that is right for you and get started as soon as possible. Remember, it only takes 21 days to begin a new habit. Once fitness becomes a priority and a habit in your life, exercising and eating right will start to become second nature. Just do it!
The more often you exercise the easier it will be to get to the gym. The most important part is getting started.
Fun Fitness for Life: Spicing it up!
Like many people, you may think of fitness as a strict exercise program and you don’t like doing it. Or maybe you’re bored with the normal gym equipment and treadmills. You have to look for other more interesting ways to include physical fitness into your life. There are plenty of activities that are both fun and include physical fitness. I like to refer to these activities as life fitness activities. They’re recreational activities that also provide a great workout. Incorporating these activities in your life is a great way to include variety and entertainment into your fitness program.
Here are a few traditional life fitness activities that are great for individuals and families:
- rollerblading and ice skating;
- hiking, canoeing and kayaking;
- cross country skiing and snowshoeing;
- volley ball, tennis, golf and badminton;
- walking or running on the beach;
- dancing, yoga, etc.
Starting to get the picture? These are all activities that you can enjoy with loved ones and friends while also getting a great work out. Life fitness adds variety and makes exercise fun. It’s a way to incorporate life into your fitness program.
Looking for something a little more unique?
Try bouncing on a trampoline for both fun and a workout! There are even serious exercise routines available to add some fun fitness into your life. You can find mini trampolines everywhere including a “serious” mini trampoline like the Urban Re-bounder.
Another item that puts some bounce and fun into your life fitness is a high-tech pogo stick called the Fly Bar. It’s been featured on news programs and tech shows. Unleash your inner child by jumping five feet in the air on your Fly Bar.
This high-tech Pogo stick is adjustable for any height and supports weights of 120-250 pounds. Adding a little life fitness into your exercise routine doesn't have to be boring or bland.
You have many fun options to choose from. Life fitness is the easiest way to add fun and fitness into your lifestyle. Exercise can mean anything that you want it to mean. The important part it to become active and balance your activity for overall total fitness.