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Major advances in technology have made the lives of people more comfortable and easier. We drive instead of walk, take the elevator instead of stairs, and ride the lawn mower instead of pushing it. The amount of our physical activity at work and in our home has declined steadily. All of this begs the question how important really is physical activity to health, fitness and total well-being?
Physical activity means “any body movement produced by our skeletal muscles that requires energy lay out”. Its levels, for most adults, depend on the day, time of the year and stages of human life. It also describes all the actions and movements we make. Physical fitness means the limits of the actions that we are capable of doing. Being physically fit is more than just being quick and physically vigorous.
Major Components of Fitness
1. Muscular strength and endurance – it is the ability of the muscles to do difficult and prolonged work.
2. Flexibility – the ability to move the muscles to their optimal function without inducing injury
3. Cardiovascular endurance – the ability of the body to take in, deliver and use oxygen for physical work.
Begin a Fitness Program
Establishing a fitness program is one of the excellent things you can do to promote health and wellness. Even if you are single or married, it can reduce your exposure to chronic diseases. It can do wonders for your balance and coordination, help you in weight loss, and increase overall self-confidence. The program is composed of these essential parts:
- Regular exercise – helps you get going every day. It makes your body and muscles strong and in shape. It also reduces the risk of heart issues.
- Regular stretching – this increases flexibility, acquire better posture and blood circulation and helps you alleviate stress. Stretch 3 times a week to promote flexibility. Do it slowly until you achieve the “feelings of reaching the sky”, as they say in yoga classes.
- Do some aerobic exercises – doing such exercises has been correlated to a longer and healthier life. The benefits of this are promoting good mood and strengthening your heart muscles. Just 10 minutes of your time and you could live longer!
- Brisk walking – according to some studies, doing brisk walking reduces the risk of diabetes. Just simply walking everyday helps your blood circulate and get your body ready for more intense workouts.
- Muscle toning – getting your body in-shape can give you a sense of achievement. It boosts yourself to achieve the perfect appearance you desire. It helps you eliminate bad cholesterol and burn calories faster. You can use dumbbells or other means to tone your muscles.
- Eat a well-balanced diet – of course, planning your meal also aids in achieving health and wellness. Your energy, calories and nutrition depends on the kinds of food you are eating. Balance carbohydrates, proteins and fats so that your body will only absorb the necessary nutrients needed for you.
- Plan your goal – this is the key to acquiring success of this program. Be practical and realistic. If you are hardworking and well disciplined, everything will follow.
Fitness for Married Couples
Being married doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy life anymore. Being so focused on your family and forgetting your own self can make you or your partner stressful. Just like a marriage expert Mort Fertel teaches in Marriage Fitness about focusing on the future of your relationship, you should also be heavily focused on the future of a healthier you. Being too stressed will lead you to rapid aging.
It’s time now to make a move. You need to get fit to sustain everything that your family needs and to ensure that you can fulfill all of your responsibilities. So I will give you some tips on how you can work fitness programs into your likely very tight schedule.
- Communicate with your partner – discussing fitness topics can open up both of your minds and create dialogue on healthy topics.
- Consider doing exercises and workouts you both love – you might even consider it a gym date. It can boost your intimacy levels and strengthen your relationship as husband and wife.
- Make it a habit – being consistent and doing it on a daily basis can benefit both of you. Walking or jogging together is one of the simple exercises that both of you can start.
- Always try to be positive – Maintaining a positive attitude can help your family be happier and stronger.