Why Should You Choose Fitness?
Fitness is not just a lifestyle, it is a journey. A journey to a better you.
A lot of us have thought about being fit, getting stronger, getting into shape but we just can’t seem to hit it off. If you are one such person, you needn’t worry and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, I have been in the very same place you are right now. The first time I entered a gym, I checked my weight and went straight up to the trainer and told him that I am looking to put on some mass. He asked me to start with push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups and told me to go about that routine for a week. I then went to a place where I could start with my exercises but the first thing that I did was I started noticing other guys around in the gym who were all muscled up and toned. I then looked at myself in one of the mirrors and felt quite embarrassed as it reminded me of how skinny I was. Although I managed to do a considerable amount of push-ups, the first pull-up I did was hang on the bar. That was when I found my motivation, I was motivated to be better than what I was on that day. I didn't want to be the guy hanging on the bar anymore. I wanted to be able to pull myself up as many times as I wanted to.
We look at someone in the gym and think ‘I want to look that way’ or 'I should lift more weights than that one day' and then we look at ourselves and think ‘Is it even possible?’. We often see celebrities with big, toned bodies and six packs and wonder if we would ever get into that kind of shape but what we miss out on is the fact that their looks weren’t always like that. They got there with patience and perseverance. They started embarking on the journey of fitness at some point in their life to be where they are now. So should you.
What is fitness?
Fitness has a variety of effects on our body. It basically affects every single part and organ in the human body, starting from the most critical organs such as the brain and heart to the limbs that are present on the outside. But before we get into the effects of fitness let us first understand what fitness really is.
Fitness is a means of enabling our body to do things that it does in a much better, more efficient way. Our hands are capable of lifting things up for us. Our legs are capable of taking us wherever we would like to go. Our back, although we don’t pay much attention to it, is responsible for supporting a multitude of activities that we do on a daily basis. Fitness is simply a way of increasing the efficiency of these activities done by our body and getting more out of it in the long run.
Ever played a sport and wondered ‘I wish I could game for a longer time without getting tired so quickly’? Well yes, you could get there in no time. You simply have to enable your body to do so. It doesn’t just have to be a sport, it could be any activity involving mental or physical efforts. Fitness has the potential to make you be the best at what you want to do.
“Why should I choose fitness?” If you have a convincing answer to that, you have your motivation. To answer that question, let’s take a look at some of the known benefits(facts) of fitness –
1) Better body metabolism –
In simple terms, you feel thirsty and hungry more often. For people who have excess body weight, your body will burn more fat from the food you eat and therefore would not accumulate additional weight at the same rate it was earlier. It improves blood circulation and brings the blood pressure levels to the healthier, desirable ranges.
2) Better sleep at night –
Fitness activities are known to tire you out, leaving your body craving for those additional amounts of sleep that you have been striving to get otherwise. A sounds sleep makes you feel rejuvenated for the next day and boosts your energy levels. It also improves your sleeping habits if you are a late sleeper. Going to the bed early and getting a good sleep makes your mind feel a lot fresher the next day.
3) Gives you more stamina for your activities –
Continued fitness regimen tend to build your stamina up over time leading you to perform better in all your activities and help you get more out of them. Your body handles those activities in a much better way and doesn’t get exhausted too soon. You get that much closer to running that extra mile in your activities.
4) Eliminates mental stress –
Fitness activities are well known mental stress busters while they also improve focus over time. An early morning fitness session can help you focus better throughout your day. A fitness session after a tiring workday will relieve you of any mental stress. It also leaves you in a state of mental satisfaction. You feel accomplished and good about yourself after a great fitness session.
5) Promotes body flexibility –
One of the known benefits of yoga as a fitness activity is that it makes your body flexible, helping you to do things you couldn’t earlier. It increases the degree of freedom of the joints allowing you to perform fuller range of motions with your body, whilst strengthening your joints and bones. If you are someone aspiring to do those perfect leg splits, you should definitely look to start with yoga.
6) Makes you stronger –
A whole lot of us like to flaunt our capabilities to lift weights, whether it is lifting heavy boxes, household items or those big 50 pound dumbbells in the gym. Fitness activities make you stronger over a period of time with noticeable differences. Maybe you would like to cross your standard pull-up benchmark or hit those powerful smashes in a tennis game, fitness can help you get there.
7) Makes you look good –
Are you a guy looking to stuff broad shoulders into those big shirts, or bring those big biceps on to any table where you sit? Or are you a girl or a woman looking to elegantly fit into those fancy pair of clothes that you’ve always dreamed of? Fitness is your best known way of achieving those goals. From increasing the glow of your skin, fitting you into those dream dresses and improving your body posture, fitness activities have the potential to transform the way you look into the way you want to. Did you know that regular exercise can delay aging? Think about it.
8) Improves immunity against diseases –
In a world where the microbes are becoming increasingly resistant to more number of medicines known, fitness helps your body develop solid immunity against the diseases that we know today. It builds up immunity against the bacteria and virus that we could be exposed to in the due course of our day to day activities, and keeps us from falling sick very often.
9) Regulates cholesterol levels –
Physical fitness has the potential to reduce the risk of heart disease by regulating the cholesterol levels in the body. It helps in the synthesis of ‘good’ cholesterol(hdl), thus increasing its level and reduces the levels of the ‘bad’ cholesterol(ldl). It leads to a healthier heart.
10) Boosts confidence –
Okay, lets assume that you've established a successful and consistent fitness regimen and realized all the above benefits. How would that make you feel? ‘Confident’ is the answer. You start to believe more in yourself and your capabilities with a sense of accomplishment. A sense of confidence will completely change your outlook.
These are some of the widely known benefits of fitness. In other words, the 10 reasons why you should choose to be fit. Grab the reason that motivates you best, step out and embark on this journey. It’s called a journey because once embarked upon, one must keep moving. The results that you are waiting for are not that far away. Make a beginning and just keep going at it and it is only a matter of time before you get there.
© 2018 Prashanth Lakshmana