As odd as it seems in this day and age, there are still many of you out there that have trouble finding the time to get some exercise! The concept of daily exercise has been seamlessly added to our psyches and our culture, so what’s the problem?
It wasn’t that long ago that working out had some type of mystique to it, as if you worked out at a gym it was on par with belonging to a country club. Nowadays there are so many facilities and so many paths to fitness that it’s almost a case of overkill. Yet still, finding fitness remains for some like searching for the Holy Grail. Hopefully we can remedy that in the next few paragraphs.
Find Fitness, Find Benefits
I have no doubt that if you hear about anymore benefits of daily exercise your eyes will probably roll back in your head. But it’s true! If you exercise regularly you win the lottery of good Health! Physical activity can prevent a host of ailments. More and more research is touting the benefits of fitness as a building block to staying mentally alert and, although it is not a cure for Alzheimers or Parkinson’s disease, daily exercise is helping to fend off the effects of both.
Both the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend that “Healthy adults get at least 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity at least three days a week.” Hey, I’m there! You can practically do 20 minutes of exercise in your sleep! Certainly you can find 20 extra minutes in your schedule. How about 20 minutes in the morning or at lunch or after work. YOU have to find fitness. Fitness will not find you.
Do What Works
When we think of fitness, we often think of working out in the gym. Pushing iron has its benefits but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. “Exercise” covers a lot of ground. It can be as simple as walking every day or as challenging as playing tennis. Exercise can be ballroom dancing. It can be boxing or swimming.
That said, some type of resistance training — that means something that will make you exert effort — is recommended as a way to improve core strength, muscle and circulation. Both the ACSM and AHA recommend that most adults “engage in resistance training at least twice a week.” There are so many activities that fit the bill for staying healthy that it’s easy to see that finding fitness is really a matter of finding the time to stay fit!
The suggestions are infinite: Try walking to work instead of driving; wake up 30 minutes early to go for a 20-minute jog or to do your push-ups and sit-ups; take breaks throughout the day to stretch.
You CAN find the time to stay fit and it’s easier than you think!
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