The Importance of Fitness
Fitness is a much talked about topic, only to become confusing in some respects because everyone seems to have their own theory, method and program of achieving a state of fitness.
However things do not have to get too complicated because if a basic understanding of the human body is obtained, it is readily realized that there are certain rules that work and other practices and habits that go against the grain.
A major problem in the modern day world of convenience and time sensitive schedules is that of a proper diet. Advertising and promotion of “quickly prepared” meals have overwhelmed the marketplace to the point of using processed foods of the type and makeup that are not very nutritional at all.
So, the first point of attainment of better fitness is to establish and maintain a proper diet. Studies have proven that our bodies need a balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, and lean protein along with minimal dairy and other foods. The real problem is that many people receive little in the way of fruits and vegetables at all, and instead eat the majority of their meals that are high in carbohydrates, little protein and high in sugars and starches.
It is no wonder that our society is beset with obesity, heart and circulation disease, and cancer. After a period of time the body gets so clogged up and nutritionally starved that is begins to break down. People wonder why, but they were never properly trained and did not learn any better. It is an interesting fact that people who live to an older age, say into their 80’s and 90’s eat a lot of vegetables.
Another secret of good health and fitness is exercise. Today most of our children average 7 hours per day in front of a video screen of some kind. The emphasis for children has come full circle from playing baseball, playing outdoors, running, playing on the playground to spending nearly all of their free time being physically inactive.
The human body was designed to be exercised. The muscles are ready for action to run, jog, walk and move. The heart and circulatory system operates more efficiently and gets rid of waste that otherwise accumulates and causes problems. If a person fails to exercise, the muscles will lose tone and not be able to operate as effectively. The heart will be reduced in function over time, and the blood vessels will clog and not be able to operate as well.
The average middle aged person can effectively receive enough exercise by simply walking for a half an hour per day. If an individual has a job where walking is required, such as a postal carrier, that person’s exercise is largely accounted for. Exercise that is more intense, such as jogging, will certainly provide more benefit if done in moderation. If jogging is practiced in a more intensive manner, it can cause damage to the knee and ankle cartilage.
When broken down to its basics, fitness is just practicing proper diet and exercise habits. Making sensible decisions in what we eat and how we exercise will pay great dividends. A little study and gaining of practical knowledge in these areas will pay off in the reward of a long and enjoyable life on this earth.
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Warren Tattersall has been a nutritional consultant for over 20 years and has a personal interest in weight lifting toward reaching competition level.
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The Ill Effects on Fitness When Living a Sedentary Life
Nearly all of us lead sedentary lives, which is not often by choice. The advancement of computer technology, cable TV, gaming consoles, and mobile technology have ushered in a new an interesting era that has made us very sedentary, sitting behind our desks or on couches for long hours at a time.
Even individuals that have not yet succumbed to using smart phones, tablets, watching TV, or using a computer have become overweight by lack of exercise. Over time, the body develops ill effects on its fitness or lack of fitness, which can cause major issues with their health. However, there are effective steps that can be taken to improve health and become physically fit.
Getting up and moving around is the best way to get started maximizing the benefits of living healthy. Instead of simply joining a gym, consider taking long walks after lunch and dinner every day. Walking a minimum of 30 minutes can make a dramatic improvement on an individual’s health, and help them lose weight quickly.
Remember that one pound of unwanted fat is a result of consuming 3500 cal of unneeded food. Quickly reversing this trend can be used as an effective method to lose weight. By cutting out 500 cal from your diet every day, you can lose one pound of fat. This one simple method, in the course of one year, can eliminate 50 pounds of unwanted fat.
However, the process of losing weight can be accelerated through exercise. Walking 45 minutes a day can typically burn 350 cal. A simple walk of 45 minutes every day, over the course of two weeks, can help the individual lose an additional pound of fat. This means over the span of one year, the person can lose an additional 25 lbs. of weight.
Working out Indoors
On rainy days, or during the cold season, consider buying a treadmill and using it in the home. Placing it in an additional room, or down in the basement, allows you to perform cardio exercise even when the weather outside is nasty. In addition to walking flat on a treadmill, consider elevating it to 5°. The simple incline over the course of your 45 minute workout can burn off an additional 2 pounds of fat every two weeks. That represents 100 pounds or more over the course of one year.
There is a significant benefit to living a healthier lifestyle. By losing all the unwanted pounds and inches you currently have, you can minimize your potential of heart disease and other cardio issues. You can significantly lower your blood pressure, and help minimize your bad cholesterol levels. In fact, just typical exercise and a healthy diet is all that is required to transform your health and fitness into something more positive.
With all the components available to a living easier lifestyle including the dishwasher, washing machine, television and other components it’s time to make better choices. There are now ways to perform routine exercise to gain back your health, and physical fitness.