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Is Fitness All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
Being physically fit and healthy is a good thing right? Well it certainly is according to the CDC, NIH, the World Health Organization, Harvard publications, medical reports and the media. But what is good health, what actually determines good health and fitness and why do we want that? What’s your body really telling you and why do you need to pay attention to it?
Being healthy is something that a lot of us take for granted at least for the period that we are in good health and it’s not until we get sick, have an accident, get an injury or have a friend or loved one that’s ill that we stop and review where we’re at.
Have you ever decided to go for a run, a walk or a swim only to discover that you are limited in some way? You get out of breath, you’re in pain, or you simply don’t have the stamina and strength to be able to do it.
Having limitations on how our body is functioning and having a poor level of fitness can be a big wake up call! The good news is we can change this situation. With time and good training, we can achieve an incredible level of fitness and become an athlete who’s in top physical condition. We can do this simply for the love of being fit, we can train for events, specific races, competitions or we can actually become a professional athlete and/or trainer.
Going for a 3 – 5 mile run three times per week has been second nature for me. I’d get up early in the morning, put on my running shoes and simply go. I didn’t have to think about it, I love the freedom of running, the feeling of being in my body and enjoying the experience of moving, flying above the ground, across the asphalt, the grass along a golf course, the sand on a beach or whatever surface I was running along. I’d run on flat terrain or challenged myself with running up difficult hills and relished what my body is capable of.
Was it always this easy for me to go for a run? The answer is “No.” When I did my very first assessment session with my trainer, he got me to do a series of different physical drills. This was to get a baseline of my fitness level. Part way through this session as I was doing a few jumping drills known as “burpees” followed by side to side jumping, I felt like I was going to throw up and my pulse rate was definitely elevated. From this assessment, while I had good range of motion and my weight, BMI and body fat composition were well within a normal healthy range, could I perform all of the physical drills I was given? Not without struggling. My body was certainly telling me something. It wasn’t performing at the level of fitness that I wanted and it clearly needed some work to get it back to its optimal level of functioning.
Some people are motivated to get into shape because they are unhealthy. They might have a weight issue, they’re overweight or obese and this is putting a huge strain on their vital organs, their joints and limits their physical functioning. They might have diabetes, a heart condition or high blood pressure and by improving their diet and getting into better physical shape it can improve these health issues and in some cases these issues simply cease to exist. It may be because they’ve had an accident or injury and need to rehabilitate a joint or a limb to get them back into shape, improve range of motion and get them back to being weight bearing. It might be because they’ve been ill with a disease and need to get their level of cardiovascular functioning back to a normal healthy range and improve their level of strength and fitness to help them function back at a level that they were at prior to getting sick.
Whatever the reasons are for you, it’s important to do the following when embarking upon a fitness program:
1. Get a medical check up from your doctor to get clearance that you are healthy enough to start a fitness program.
2. Work with a well qualified expert/trainer like a certified personal trainer who can help you not only get back on track with your physical fitness but has the expertise to get you to the level of fitness that you require or is ideal for you.
3. Listen to your body and pay attention to how you are feeling, is there any pain when you do a specific movement or activity, do you experience pressure or tightness in your chest, do you feel dizzy or light headed, are you feeling fatigued, are there any restrictions or impingements to the movement of any area of your body? Also notice if there are changes in how your body looks such as skin discoloration, bruising, swelling etc. If there are any issues, notify your medical practitioner and/or your personal trainer immediately.
4. Incorporate stretching and myofascial release (also known as foam rolling) as part of your program to maintain good range of motion that will support the cross section of physical activities that you are doing.
5. Drink plenty of water each day. At least half your body weight in ounces and for the summer months, drink more. For example, if you weight 180 pounds then you need to drink at least 90 ounces of water per day (just under 3 litres). If you weigh 120 pounds you need to drink at least 60 ounces of water per day (just under 2 litres).
6. Make sure you have at least 1- 2 rest days per week where you are not working out to allow your body to rest, repair and rejuvenate.
7. Follow a healthy diet that has a wide variety of good quality nutrition including plenty of fresh produce such as vegetables, fruit, meat, chicken eggs, fish and other whole foods.
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Being physically fit and doing regular exercise is, certainly all it’s cracked up to be. It helps you to look and feel good and have greater self-confidence. It gives you more energy, vitality, strength, stamina, and endurance. It boosts your metabolism and assists with weight loss if you need to lose weight.
It builds stronger muscles and bones. Weight bearing exercise helps to increase bone density. It reduces your risk of chronic disease. It helps brain health, memory and the ability to focus. It helps with relaxation and sleep quality. It can reduce pain.
It can also promote a better sex life. So what’s not to love about being fit?
Why not get into shape and enjoy the benefits!
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