Every new year resolution is incomplete without a promise to commit to staying fit and joining a gym. Everyone has a different reason for losing track of the commitment. But if staying fit is your eventual goal then its never too late to start.
Things have certainly become easy since the upgrade of Fitbit’s and Apple watch’s, that cater to fitness more than the time display. From the number of steps you take in a day to theoxygen monitoring, breathing exercise, pushing you to achieving your calorie goal with constant reminders, to the amount of time you have sat on your butt all day. They do it all.
So what’s stopping you from committing to just half an hour of focusing on yourself?
We all know the benefits of staying fit and exercising. We are not talking about turning into a Michael Phelps or Kenneth Wheeler overnight or for that matter, at all!
Just turn on the tv and start moving that body.
Research shows that there is incontrovertible evidence that regular physical activity contributes to the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases and is associated with a reduced risk of premature death. The most physically active people are at the lowest risk.
But the good news is that the greatest improvements in health status are seen when people who are least fit become physically active! So hit the gym people!
People who engage in exercise at levels above those recommended in the guidelines are likely to gain further health benefits. Health promotion programs should target people of all ages, since the risk of chronic disease starts in childhood and increases with age.(1)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion ( CDC) guidelines suggests, all you need to do to improve you heart health and reduce your risk of other diseases is to exercise a total of 150 minutes per week.
START TODAY & SET A GOAL. SMART GOAL
Unrealistic goals is going to set you up for failure. Set a goal that you can measure, is specific, relevant, time-bound ( you are not going to exercise all day), and most importantly, attainable. As we mentioned before, no we are not training to be Olympic champions or famous bodybuilders.
Setting up goals helps in giving focus and structure to what we want to accomplish. For those who can focus on this is good. But then there are others who find this to be a chore. Our recommendation is to start with something that you enjoy doing, however small it may be.
Just walk on the treadmill while watching your favorite re-runs with just 15 minutes to start with and slowing increase it to 20 the coming week and so on till you reach your goal.
If you don’t have access to your treadmill, walking on spot with the lowest kg dumbbells also is a great start.
With the Youtube channels going crazy with fitness challenges and everyone is a yoga and exercise expert, there is never a dearth of information, but exercise caution. You know your body the best. Not everything suits you. Enrol in a qualified wellness programme to keep yourself updated with health tips and exercises suitable for you.
Even an apple watch will ask you to set your goal to 10k steps in a day. According to CDC guidelines if you achieve the goal of 10k steps you are considered active and at 12.5k steps, highly active!
Don’t let weight loss be your goal when you are trying to stay fit. It will follow automatically. Just focus on staying physically fit and achieving over all good health.
IT’S A LIFESTYLE . NOT A FAD
Failing to see fitness as a lifestyle choice means you will loose out on the long term benefits. Following a fad and loosing weight will always be a short term thing. No health benefits can be achieved by that. Long term exercise programmes will help reducing health complications like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Make your health a priority today.