Welcome to part 4 of my series covering how widespread health and nutritional illiteracy is in America. We covered what is going on and why this is happening in part 1. If you missed that click here to go check it out.
We then covered the 10 things we should all be doing right now to improve our health. Nutrition fundamentals were covered in part 3 that was titled: Are you part of the 90% of Americans whose eating habits are junk? Believe me, this isn’t what you learned in school!
For the last post in this series, I wanted to bring up what might be the subject you try to avoid when thinking about your health: Fitness and Exercise.
Don’t moan! Stay with me here!
Did you know that recent study showed that 95% of Americans do no form of strenuous exercise at all? Where do you stack up with this statistic?
This means that only about 5% of the U.S. population are the ones you see in the fyms or running in your neighborhood. What do you do for exercise?
Come on guys! This statistic is just plain sad! Pathetic actually and we wonder why over 60% of the current population is overweight and scientists are predicting 75% of the adult population will be
overweight or obese by 2020.
How can you expect to be at your ideal weight or to be healthy and free from disease when the backbone to health of something as simple as exercise is missing from your daily routine?
What is there to say about these statistics? What adjectives would you use to describe these above statistics?
We need to do something about this! Let’s start today with the basics of exericse and fitness.
Our bodies were made to function exceptionally well by utilizing energy from real food into fuel to make your bodies move. Your body was made to move! It craves for you to be a vibrant, active person!
How are you responding to this call?
If you are anything like the 95% of Americans from the above statistics, you are depriving your body of its natural desire for ultimate health! Your body is screaming, “let me run! Get me out of
this chair! Let’s go for a walk!” Are you listening?
How to start your fitness journey:
- Start with small steps and start out slow. Change up only a few things
at a time.
- Keep an activity log.
- Take breaks but get right back in there and back to work by letting
your body move!
- There is a high dropout rate for those who attempt changes on their
own. So make sure you get support to stay strong.
- Count on the post exercise snack that consists of carbs and protein
such as a protein and fruit smoothie or fruit and yogurt because
working out will make you hungry!
- Do workouts that you enjoy! Make sure you get some in all forms:
strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance.
The research has shown that as little as 3-5 days a week of strenuous exercise will add 6 healthy years to your life as well as increase happiness and energy, will help you stay slim, and will boost your
immune system. Also, if incorporate strength training into your workout, you will burn calories long after your workout for the dayends.
Ideas to Increase your Fitness and Exercise:
- Experiment with the classes at the gym
- Evening walks which makes for great family time.
- Workout DVDs come in all sorts of different workout activities that
you will find something you enjoy and you won’t ever get bored!
- Search the internet for workout options that can range from beginner
- Find something out there that you enjoy and do it! Mix it up so you
don’t get bored.
People who can help you get started and stay motivated for losing weight and getting healthy:
- Personal Trainer
- Certified Health Coach
- Your Doctor
- Online Communities
If you have any questions about this information or how to get started, feel free to ask me your question on my facebook fan page and I will help you out!
Look forward to hearing from you!
Where are you going to start? I recommend a local health club or a health coach and also check out these recommended products and resources!
What do you think of this blog post? How are you going to get started with increasing your fitness level? Don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share this with the 95% of your friends who could use this!