CHANGE YOUR LIFE BY CHANGING THE WAY YOU EXERCISE
The secret to exercise can be told in a single phrase: keep going, don’t stop. It’s better to be active all your life at any level including mild activity, than to play sports in high school and college only to sit back as the years advance. Consistency is the main goal! The good news is that the more you move your body, the more you will want to keep going. Physical activity becomes a habit you adapt rather quickly, not to mention that it helps to create new pathways in he brain.
The modern life has made exercise a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that we are no longer slaves to backbreaking physical labour; the curse is that the blessing has gone too far. Modern life for most people has become physically too soft and easy, yet despite the price that our bodies pay for it, we seem to prefer it that way. If given a choice, most people choose:
- Sitting still instead of moving
- Watching TV instead of playing sports
- Mental work instead of physical work
- Let machines instead of muscles perform physical tasks
- Letting children spend more time on the computer and less playing outside
These are all modern life choices, and the trend hasn’t stopped moving their way. As long as it does, sedimentary life, such as increased obesity and type 2 diabetes will plague society. While the benefits of exercise will be missed. As of 2013, only 20 percent of American adults got the recommended daily exercise, which is 2.5 hours of mild exercise (leisure activities, such as cycling, canoeing or swimming, also offer mild workouts, provided you practice them at a low to moderate intensity) per week, or half of that time spent vigorous aerobic exercise (race walking, jogging, or running, swimming laps, tennis)
First are the choices that anyone can implement. If you start with these, you will be laying down the foundation of your pyramid. Don’t try to change more than one thing at a time! Over the course of a year, you will be making 52 weekly changes in your lifestyle. There is no need to pile up on yourself.
These are the choices that will be harder and you will feel resistance about adopting them. That’s perfectly fine. These harder choices can wait until you have finished with all the easy choices. Obviously for some people, the harder choices will actually be easier than the easy choices.
Just Remember: That whatever choices you make, they have to be permanent if you want to actually benefit from them. Since you are making one change a week, you have seven days to see if it works. If everything goes well and smooth, next week you are ready to move on to the next change.
Exercise: The Menu Of Choices –
The Easy Choices:
- Get up and move around once an hour
- Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs
- Do your own housework instead of hiring a cleaner
- Take a brisk walk after dinner
- Choose the far corner of a parking lot
- If your destination is less than 1/2 mile, walk instead of drive
- Go outside for 10 minutes, three times a day
- Take up a physical activity that you enjoy
- Work with light weights as you watch TV
- Buy an exercise step
The Harder Choices:
- Acquire more active friends and join in with their activities
- Devote half of your lunch hour to exercising
- Resume a sport that you used to love
- Walk for total of three hours a week
- Do all your yard work yourself
- Volunteer with housecleaning, painting and repairs
- Take hikes every weekend in good weather
- Use a trainer at the gym
- Join an exercise class
- Take up yoga
- Train for a competitive sport and keep going
- Find a regular exercise buddy
The more activity you add, the better your body will respond. If you go from jogging a mile, to running a mile, the good effects will increase. In middle ages, getting physical decreases the rick of chronic illness. Statistical measurements have proved this point over and over. The focus shouldn’t be on how much weight you can lift or how fast you can run. Lastly, if I could choose a single activity that does good for both the brain and the body, it would have to be yoga. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. If you would like to learn more about yoga, just click here!
Make sure you read everything in this post carefully to benefit most from it. Most importantly don’t rush through the choices! Now share this with your friends and family on social media so they can also benefit from this.