When was the last time your body worked perfectly in sync with your mind and vice versa? When did you last acknowledge that you are functioning in your best capacity physically and achieving your maximum potential ?
Unfortunately for a lot of us, that was a long time ago. Somewhere along the way, the daily grind took priority and we took our physical health and organs that relentlessly continue working , for granted . The consequent impact of such deliberate or unintentional ignorance, is what mars our abilities and health. We shouldn’t be out of breath after a flight of stairs.
There are numerous statistics that we can discuss related to this matter. For example, the rise in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) in India, the rampant increase in Child Obesity or the exponentially growing costs for healthcare, primarily due to Lifestyle Diseases such as, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiac Conditions, Obesity, etc. But let’s talk about something that affects each of us personally. Most of us are even unable to keep up with our children on a day spent outdoors. The lack of energy is apparent .
This article isn’t intended to shock or scare you into incorporating exercise into your routine, but to provide direction/options for you to make the right choices for yourself.
Let’s start by debunking a few popular opinions.
1. Gym Memberships are expensive but are necessary for me to be fit! —- WRONG!
• Simple activities like walking, jogging, cycling, etc., can immensely help improve your fitness levels.
• Try using open gyms, also called garden gyms in any public park to start your fitness routine. Guess what? – no memberships required
2. Indoor Gyms with a trainer are more effective —- WRONG!
• If a well-planned and well-researched workout is done using any of the outdoor fitness equipment available, it can be as effective as any gym.
• Take for example our own outdoor fitness equipment, they use a calisthenic approach that uses your own body weight as resistance. Calisthenics is proven to yield great results if practiced consistently.
Here’s a list of things you can do to help you stick to your exercise routine more effectively:
• Make it a part of your daily schedule
You most definitely wouldn’t miss a meeting with a client, boss or doctor. Make sure you treat your exercise sessions the same way.
• Prep your exercise gear the previous night
This helps reduce the effort while starting your workout.
• Plan it!
Jot down a suitable workout plan before retiring the previous night. When you wake up, just stick to the plan.
• More the merrier!
Get a friend or a family member to join you. This will keep both or all of you motivated to keep exercising.
• One step at a time
You don’t have to wake up at 5 am. Start by waking up 5 minutes earlier than usual and exercising for 5 minutes. Increase the time as you get comfortable with the activity and the time.
• Eat well!
Experts have suggested that the best time to eat is 30 to 60 minutes after you finish working out, so make sure breakfast is your most important meal.
• Get an extra dose of those endorphins!
Working out triggers the release of endorphins in your body. This will keep you positive, mentally agile and overall happier!
Remember, the key to staying fit is keeping at it. No matter how small the window of activity, consistently staying active will keep you healthier and happier! Choose wisely .
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