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Why Getting Fit and Staying Fit Is Important ....It needn't be difficult...

Updated on February 11, 2014

The importance of being active....

We all know that we have to be active to be fit and healthy, but do we know why? Maybe if we knew the benefits of getting active then we'd find it easier to do. Our bodies are actually designed to be active and thrive on exercise.

  • Did you know that weight bearing exercises will increase bone density and in turn increase bone strength? A good thing as we get older. Brisk walking, using light weights and dancing are all weight bearing exercises.
  • Did you know that the more muscle we build in our bodies the more calories we burn? Which can help us to maintain a healthy body weight? I'm not talking about body building or pumping iron here, being active will build muscle.
  • People who suffer from mild depression benefit from exercise. Our bodies release " Happy Hormones" called endorphins when we exercise, they give us that feel good feeling after being active and help us to have a more positive outlook . Try going outside for a brisk walk for twenty minutes or so and see how you feel.....Feel good?
  • Exercise can help lower high blood pressure.
  • Did you know that being active can help us stay coordinated and maintain our flexibility? We all benefit from that as we get older. The most agile and happy elderly people are usually the most active. They're bodies may have slowed down, but their bodies and minds still benefit from being active.
  • Exercise increases our energy levels again it's down to the hormones released when we exercise. If you exercise in the morning, you're energy levels will be higher all day.
  • Exercising can help to lower our chances of getting some nasty diseases, like some cancers, diabetes and heart disease - our hearts are muscles.

Being active needn't be a chore....

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Jillian Michaels is a fitness instructor who knows what she's talking about....

Stop making excuses...

It's so easy to make excuses not to live more active lives "When do I have time to exercise?" I hear you cry. It may not be as difficult as you think to increase your activity levels.

  • You have children and don't have the time or energy to exercise?...

So take them out to the park or the beach. Children love nothing better than chasing around after a ball or a frisbee with their parents. They love to play tag and what child doesn't like to race? Most people these days have a mobile phone and most mobiles have stop watches on. I know my two loved being timed running around the house when they were younger and there is no excuse for not having ago yourself, you don't have to be fast, you just have to have fun.

  • You're over weight and that makes you self concious? Maybe when you've lost a bit of weight?...

Not an excuse, being more active will help you to lose the weight. The first step is aways the hardest to take whenever we do something new. Take a walk, if you can't walk far then walk as far as you comfortably can. If you keep at it being active will become easier.

If joining a gym interests you, go and check out what classes your local gym offers. Most gyms offer a good variety of classes aimed at different levels of fitness, from beginners to advanced. You'll also get advice and support from trained instructors. You won't be the only one that feels awkward and it'll give you the opportunity to find an exercise class or different classes (even) that you enjoy and to make friends, which will give you the motivation to keep going. People often make the mistake of getting a gym membership in the belief that it'll make them go to the gym more often. It doesn't work like that, you have to make time to go and not find excuses not to.

  • You have a disability and there are things you can't do?

Fair enough, we aren't all able bodied. There are still thing you can do depending on your disability. Again check out the local gym to see what they have to offer for disabled people or if they're aware of any exercise classes or activities for disabled people.

  • You think you're too old?....

To old for what? For being active? Don't be daft!! If you are lucky enough to have a garden. Start pottering in it, gardening is one of the best ways of staying fit, getting up and down, stretching and bending, lifting and digging all make for a good workout. Do what your able to do, it's better than doing nothing, don't waste your twilight years being inactive if you can help it.

  • You think you don't have time to be more active?...

If you work long hours, take a walk during your lunch break, you'll feel more energised for it.

Get up half an hour earlier and do something active, some people enjoy following fitness DVDs. There's nothing wrong with that, if it's what you enjoy. There are so many to choose from too.

Making excuses is easy and doesn't go towards making us feel good. Being active can improve our quality of life for life, it really is worth making the effort.

light hand weights are good to enhance your workouts...

Simple ways of getting more active...

Getting active needn't mean going to the gym if that's not for you....

  • Cycle to work if you can.
  • How many of us jump in the car to pop to the corner shop? Next time you're tempted to do that, walk instead. You'll be saving petrol at the same time.
  • There are always things around the house to use to build strength, you can use tins of food, bottles of water even old bricks lying around the house can all be used as light weights.
  • What about dog walking? You can advertise your services in the local shop or the local paper even. You could find yourself earning some money for being more active, what an incentive that would be!!.
  • Next time you and your friends plan to meet up, why not go for a walk together. Chatting whilst you walk can make the time fly and before you know it you'll have walked kilometres.

Getting fit and staying fit...

Getting fit and staying fit is ultimately up to you, no one can do it for you, it's a choice you make. It's about lifestyle choices. While we all like to sit and watch some television or spend time reading a book or browsing the internet, that shouldn't be all we do. Variety really is the spice of life, it keeps us interested and interesting.

There are so many ways of being more active ad getting more exercise, there really is no excuse and before you know it you'll be reaping the rewards of a fitter, healthier lifestyle.

Do it because you can....

Copyright © 2014 by Debbie Roberts


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      Kimberly Quevedo 5 years ago from New Jersey

      What an interesting hub! I love how you take the approach of getting active rather than working out! It is a good out look to have because in being active you are working out and sometimes busy people don't realize how easy it is to be a little more active. Thank you for your hub!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Debbie, hehe, I love the phrases you use, "daft" and "petrol" - its funny how we use different terminology here in the States. Interestingly, though, it's still amazing how many people just jump in the car and ride to the store when it's only a couple blocks away. I remember going to Spain a few years back and lost so much weight because I decided to take the metro and walk everywhere. It was glorious and wonderful to see the culture that way. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and across.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Up and useful ... we are all too good at thinking of excuses. Making yourself do something is the hardest part, especially if it has been a while, as the effects of not exercising leave you lacking energy and feeling down. However, if you can make the effort and diversify things, it will become fun, beneficial and a part of your routine.

      Shared and tweeted to motivate a few others.

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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      Hi KarenCreftor, hats off to you for trying to maintain your fitness even with health problems. Keep it up and the improvement in you health however slight will inspire you to keep on finding ways of being active.

      You've certainly found a clever way of reading and keeping fit!!

      Thank you for the vote up and I wish you well on your road to recovery.

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      Karen Creftor 6 years ago from Kent, UK

      Great hub Debbie!

      I've had health problems from a very young age and only recently found out the cause and started recovery. I've always tried to do what I can (housework, taking a walk to do errands etc) but recently have decided to try harder. I have an exercise bike now and though I can't do loads I make the effort to get on it 4 times a week. I even get my reading done while I'm on it instead of reading in bed :D I'm hoping to build it up gradually as when I am (hopefully) fully recovered I don't want to then be stuck in a worn out body!!!

      *voted up*

      ~Kaz x

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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      Hi asherruth, I'm glad that my phrasing made you laugh,that is always a good thing in my books!!

      Don't you just love it when people tell you you'll get to old to run or exercise. Why? If we are still fit and healthy then I don't see why not either, it maybe a lot slower but that doesn't matter. I subscribe to Runners World and there are always inspirational stories of older pEople still running.

      Like you have said, so many people would benefit from just a little exercise daily, the thing is people don't realise how good it will make them feel because they are too bust making excuses not to exercise.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, it's appreciated.

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      asherruth 6 years ago

      I love your expression "don't be daft!". That is so to the point and had me laughing. My physical therapist told me while I was being treated for a running injury, "you can't run forever". I asked her, "why not?" and she said you will be too old. Ha! I plan on running as long as God will allow my legs to move. So many people would benefit even from a little bit of exercise each day. This is very well written and very true.

      Voting up and sharing.

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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      Hi Injured lamb, so many of us lead such seditary lifestyles that doing the simple things like walking to he shop will make a difference to our health.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      I am all agreed with you debbie, yes, we always have the simple ways to get more active and healthy...thanks for sharing with us this useful hub of yours debbie, appreciate much...take care!

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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      Exercise is good for so many things, it's a shame more people don't realise that it is as good for the mind as the body. When I've had a good run I'll buzz all day. Well done to you for using exercise to help combat your depression, as mild as you say it still can't be easy.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      You mention the "happy hormones." That's the term I use as well. I am prone to mild depression and find that exercising really helps keep it at bay (not gone forever, just more manageable).

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      There are way to many reasons to exercise, no excuses for not doing it! Our bodies were meant to be on the move! Good job, publishing a hub about ways to improve our lives.

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      Jeff Mallinson 6 years ago from Crawley, UK

      Yes, again, that is very true, it's a lot easier to maintain your fitness than it is building it up initially.

      Wanting to become a jockey wasn't the only reason I decided to get fit, but it was a major contributing factor.

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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      Thank you for your support.

      I couldn't agree with you more, if people made being active a way of life then it wouldn't be so difficult. Well done for getting fit yourself, once we get fit maintaining it isn't difficult.

      Was it your aspiring to become a jockey that helped you to take those first difficult steps?..Goodluck with that too.

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      Jeff Mallinson 6 years ago from Crawley, UK

      One of the best hubs I've seen as of recently, useful, very insightful and packed full of good information and great tips.

      As an aspiring Jockey my weight needs to be a fair amount lower than what some would consider 'healthy', however, I go to the gym every other day and ALWAYS make time for a jog around my neighbourhood, within 3 weeks at the gym I was able to leg press 250kg's and managed to do a timed mile in 8 mins 30. This all coming from someone who was borderline obese a few years ago, and couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath.

      You were right when you said that getting fit is a choice you make, for me it's become a bit of a way of life, and ultimately I wish more people would make it there's as at the end of the day you feel a LOT better about yourself.