OK. Back for Part 2. If you missed or didn’t read Part 1 (Diet) click here.
What is exercise?
Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness.
What is “physical fitness?”
Physical fitness is a state of health and well being and, more specifically, the ability to perform aspect of sports, occupations and daily activities. Physical fitness is general achieved through proper nutrition, moderate-vigorous physical exercise, and sufficient rest.
Lets simplify (KISS) this scientific mumbo-jumbo.
Exercise = MOVEMENT
Fitness = being able to perform that movement efficiently for a desired amount of time.
Wow. That’s easier. We all know what ‘exercise’ is. What all realise what being ‘fit’ means.
So why is it so hard?
Common reasons? Boredom. People don’t like to exercise. It hurts them. And so on for another million excuses.
Excuses. Yes, excuses! But I have a legitimate injury, I hear. Ok find an alternative to do until you have recovered.
We can always find excuses and reasons to blame, but in the end your only hurting yourself.
Find something you like to do. If that is too hard. Find something you like to do while exercising.
Read a book or magazine, listen to music, look around at nature, find something.
ALWAYS TAKE PERSONAL RESPOSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY AND SECURITY AT ALL TIMES.
If you’re out walking along the streets and footpaths, somewhere there may be moving vehicles, cyclists and other pedestrians, don’t read a magazine. Don’t distract yourself to the point you’re putting yourself or others in danger.
So “MOVE” sounds easy. Yes, walk, run, cycle, swim, skip rope, punch a boxing bag, aerobics and so on.
How long for: This is dependent on your physical condition. What kind of physical condition are you in? Are you young or old? Are you thin or overweight? Are you a naturally active person or have you been sitting on the couch living the sedentary lifestyle for 20 years?
Depending where you are starting from, anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, up to 30 minutes minimum.
Really! I can do 5 minutes and get fit? NO! Sorry to disappoint. This is where you might start from. You need to develop the ability to do it.
Start slow, start small, and build. 5 minutes every day or most days, is not that much, it is only 5 minutes. But done each day (or as many as you can) will build the habit of doing this. Maybe after a week or 2 you might extend to 7 minutes, then 10 minutes, then 15. Within a month or 2, you could be up to doing 15 to 20 minutes each day.
Not bad for someone who doesn’t exercise. Maybe within 3 to 4 months up to 30 minutes per day. That’s 3 and a half hours of exercise per week. That’s an achievement.
How much better would you be for exercising 30 minutes a day or doing 3 and a half hours per week?
To be honest, I don’t know, I’m not a doctor, or sports specialist.
But I think I can safely say, better than before.
You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
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