Physical Activity

It is no secret that physical activity can significantly help with both the quality and duration of a person’s life. Adding some form of activity to your daily routine can reduce the risk of encountering many health problems such as:

  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Noninsulin-Dependent Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Back Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Self Esteem and Stress Management
  • Disability

People tend to dismiss the notion that they will experience any such ailments in their lifetime, but research has shown that in 2010, about one in three adults (32.4%) who had seen a physician or other health professional in the past 12 months had been advised to begin or continue to do exercise or physical activity and these numbers have only gone up since. Physical activity is a way of reducing the need for medication and has been increasingly added to physician’s recommendations for patients which significantly reduces the chance of falling victim to the condition listed above.

Get up and move

Sitting for long periods of time is the new killer. Some say it is worse than smoking or high cholesterol. A survey done in the UK showed that many men spend up to 10 hours sitting down, not including sleeping but accumulated up from working, computer time, reading or watching TV. This can lead to chronic diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes. When we sit for extended periods of time, our metabolism slows down, which then impairs the body’s natural ability to break down fat, regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

How to approach it for beginners? For many people, the initial first couple of steps to getting into exercise are the hardest. Again, the mind will tell you to stick to the familiar. If not being physically productive is the norm. Your mind will try to talk you out of it. It will tell you the gyms are too busy, too expensive and too noisy. Our minds will literally think up any excuse to get us out of doing it. With all these excuses, comes solutions, even if they are legitimate obstacles for you. Exercise is not just limited to the gyms, in fact, the majority of people opt for alternative options. I will list some recommendations shortly. When you finally build up the unnecessary courage, you will find yourself surprised at how unthreatening the gym environment is and how unintimidating the people are.

My Story

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When I first started going to the gym, I was lacking a little self-confidence. I was a slim guy and was intimidating by these muscular men. I felt that everyone would judge me, saying how skinny I was. Listen, a lot of people have these self-criticizing thoughts, we often find it hard to love our self in this superficial world, where the beauty standards are publicly over emphasized and marveled at with unhealthy desire. This is solely a product of consumerism. The unrealistic standard set by an industry that profits from our lack of external self-worth. I too, fell victim to this but refused to bow out. Instead, I decided on action. What I found was surprising but totally logical.

No one really cared what I looked like, no stares, no muffled teasing beneath their breath. Nothing! The truth is, people are much more interested in themselves. Not in an egotistical way, although there are egomaniacs in all gyms, in the way that everyone the gym will be the last thing they are worried about as everyone is more interested in becoming the best version of themselves and will not be judging you for doing the same. Everyone has their own challenges and most are just as worried about being judged for what they think are their flaws, as you about your own.

What I also found is people in these places are more often than not, incredibly nice and even supportive once an arms is extended or a question is asked. As I stated before, exercise relieves stress and I find this is apparent at the gym. So don’t be put off or apprehensive, you will find, like a lot of things in life, worrying never helped anyone with anything

Consistency is key

People often get discouraged from exercising after a short time if they do not see results. This is an unacceptable excuse.  Results, however, should not be measured solely by physical appearance or your weight gain or weight loss. At times, these are the slow burners and can take a little of time to materialize. Weight loss goals are good to have to but try to avoid having them as the dominant indicator of progression. A scale does not show you your increased fitness, strength gain or many other benefits that come from exercising. Progression comes from all angles, far and wide, when exercising. People forget what is happening internally and the benefits that can’t be seen on the surface. Benefits more substantial than the curvature of a booty or bicep. You can literally be saving your life from yourself. At times, slashing the chances of heart-related diseases by half. Keep these aspects of the mission in-focus. Everything else is secondary and will follow. Be patient and you can be happy and healthy before you know it.

Here are just some of the amazing  appearance benefits from Physical Activity:

  • Skin improvements(balances hormones in adults)
  • Rekindles will reduce
  • Healthier Hair
  • Skin Tone
  • Healthier nails
  • Improvement in Posture

Exercise On Physical Appearance

Exercise helps build self-esteem from the inside out. You will begin to hear people say you are glowing. This is not metaphorical as you will literally be glowing. When we work out, it increases the oxygen supply to cells and tissues which in turn gives a more radiant glow to the skin. Exercise also increases circulation and is another factor that will give you a new revived look. Acne will also start to minimize if prevalent in a person. Sweating is one of the best forms of detox so it is no surprise that improvements will be seen in these areas.

Have you ever stumbled upon someone you haven’t seen in a while and were blown away at how well they look? They almost seem like a different person. They hold themselves different, there is a new found confidence beaming and being in their presence is a pleasure. 9 out 10 these people have most likely made major progress with physical activity. Nothing changes someone so dramatically as a healthy lifestyle change through physical performance.

Different Kinds of Exercise

Some people’s lifestyles are demanding and we understand that. Others have health implications that limit or least restrict intense exertion and others, unfortunately, have physical disabilities. Luckily, with the world we live in,  with advancement in technologies and accessibilities, everyone can reap the benefits of physical activity. Find what you like and what suits you and give it a go.

Yoga

The practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible, it also improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems. Yoga brings about emotional stability and clarity of mind”

Yoga is incredible for all areas of life. It has a perfect balance of strength, flexibility, balance, mind-body correlation, mindfulness, and self -awareness. If improving any of these areas in your life is a goal then yoga may be for you. Even if yoga never intrigued you, give it a go anyways, you will be surprised at how satisfying this ancient practice is. Many established people accredit yoga to their great success. Some of the more famous people who promote the benefits of yoga are Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Russel Brand, David Beckham, Matthew McConaughey and the list goes on.

Running

Lack of equipment is never an excuse for not working out. The lucky among us are blessed with two legs and as long as we have these, we can increase our fitness level. I myself am not a fan of jogging but have friends that live and die by it.. They claim a jog with the preferred playlist is the perfect escape from life’s trying times. No one expects anything from you during your run and therefore it is a way to clear the mind. Apart from that, jogging is proven to be an effective form of weight loss and increases in fitness level.

Cycling

If the objective is to burn calories and you are not so interested in muscle mass, cycling may be perfect for you. Cycling encompasses the great outdoor with cardiovascular fitness. Great way to spend time with the kids and get fit at the same time.

Running

Lack of equipment is never an excuse for not working out. The lucky among us are blessed with two legs and as long as we have these, we can increase our fitness level. I myself am not a fan of jogging but have friends that live and die by it.. They claim a jog with the preferred playlist is the perfect escape from life’s trying times. No one expects anything from you during your run and therefore it is a way to clear the mind. Apart from that, jogging is proven to be an effective form of weight loss and increases in fitness level.

Home Workouts

Many women do not get a lunch break from motherhood so popping into a gym can be unrealistic. Do not let this stop you. Home workout DVD’s or even YouTube videos are a great way to get back into shape and increase energy levels for the already active life of a mother.

Take a class

Nowadays there is no shortage of classes available. The reason for this boom is simple. People find better results in numbers. My girlfriend and I often participate in HIIT classes (High-Intensity Interval Training) and we find people are always super supportive of each other. We found great comradeship amongst the participants. Not only are they enjoyable and social, the high intensity is a guarantee for results whatever you are after, be it increased fitness, increased strength or weight loss.

These are only a few of the many options for exercising. There is honestly no end to the possibility for physical activity to add to a daily routine. The American health organization states we should be getting at least 150 minutes per week. This can be achieved with a short burst and does not have to be consecutive. This means if you have 15 minutes spare in the morning, fit in exercise then or fit it in on your lunch break or after the kids have gone to bed. You can do it while you watch your favorite TV program or listen to a podcast at home. It is easy to do burpees, sit-ups, lunges, squats and the list goes on, all from the comfort of your living room. It really does not matter how you do it, all that matters is you start moving. Your body will thank you for it. It may save your life. Think of your family

What else happens when you start to exercise?

Studies have shown, people who exercise are happier and more productive than people in both their personal and professional life. When we perform some form of physical activity our body releases hormones which make us feel good. This releasing of endorphins is where the term gym junkie comes from. We can become addicted to the endorphins that are released from exercise and this is why people become so obsessed. The benefits of regular exercise far outreach the effort needed. Exercise relieves built up stress in a healthy manner benefiting you all-around. It improves self-confidence, as well as a person’s outlook on life. It encourages a state of self-appreciation for your body as you begin to see what you are capable of and it also sparks a desire for continuous health and fitness improvements.

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