It is not uncommon for me to talk with someone about physical activities and they automatically attach it to losing fat or gaining muscle. Yes, being physically active does help with those things but it is also about improving your physical and mental well-being. Being active helps decrease multiple physical health related issues which include diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. In addition, it helps to increase sleep and energy levels. On the mental health side, it assists in decreasing anxiety, stress, depression and creates an overall better mood.
Being Sedentary is the Nemesis to Better Health!
I can quote some research studies proving the above information, but I won’t, because I have seen the positive effects of physical activities first hand with my clients. It works! It’s not a miracle answer to all your health problems, but it does make a positive impact in helping you go in the right direction.
Here is a couple of tips to get you started. First, ask yours
elf “why do I want to start doing physical
activities?” Then, you need to answer that question. Having a good reason behind your new goal will help you stay on track and keep you motivated. Secondly, assess your current physical activity levels and add one or two goals at a time. Just like with any other kind of change, start slow. If you are not use to being active, jumping into it too quickly can cause injury and/or burnout. Finally, when you pick the activities you want to start, focus on the ones you may find some enjoyment in as this will help ensure long term success. For example, if you don’t like lifting weights but like yoga, then focus on doing yoga. With this, also think outside the gym as you are looking at any type of activity that will get you moving.
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