How Fit is Your Life?
We have all heard the saying “use it or lose it” and when it comes to our bodies, this statement is SO TRUE. For the past 6 years I have met with people who have realized that they “lost it” and are trying desperately to get it back.
In my first strength and conditioning class in college, our teacher told us a about a study done on elderly people in nursing homes. In short, they discovered that even in our most frail state, we never lose the ability to gain muscle mass & thus increase our overall well being. We use it or lose it, and even if we’ve lost it- we can always get it back.
Fitness is the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task.
So I ask…Do you feel you “fit” to live your life?
Sounds silly- but I would venture a guess that the answer for many is NO. The majority of people who I have consulted with are literally sleep walking through life and are dependent on caffeine to make it through the day. I have been there myself and am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. Taking time to take care of yourself is the very thing that will add pep to your step & quality to your life.
3 Rules for Living Fit
- Eat breakfast when you wake up. Breakfast gets your day started off right, and most people I meet don’t do this- they opt for coffee instead. Skipping breakfast will guarantee low energy, mid afternoon cravings and overtime, weight gain. Eat a good quality breakfast, here are some ideas to get you started.
- Sleep. You have to get at least 7 hours per night in order to maintain your health.Of course there will be days when you miss this, but chronic sleep deprivation is associated with heart disease, obesity, decreased productivity & negative mood and behavior. If not for yourself, then sleep for the sake of everyone around you. 🙂 Go here if you need more convincing.
- Exercise 30 minutes daily, preferably in the morning before your day starts. It doesn’t need to be complicated, the important thing is to do something intentional. Walking, playing sports, taking the stairs at work, going to the gym etc. YouTube is a great resource to find some great workouts. BeFit is one of my favorite channels. If you cannot find an extra 30 minutes in your day, wear a pedometer and get 10,000 steps daily. This will increase your energy and help to keep your metabolism going.
“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” [Doug Firebaugh].
Staying health & fit is a choice that we make every day. So I leave you with this… What are you doing daily to maintain your fitness? Remember: If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!
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