Episode 30: Five reasons we love fitness
Episode 30 – 5 reasons we love fitness
I know you’ve heard them all…
..take this “vitamin supplement” and you’ll slim down 15kg; do this fad fitness program and get a mad six-pack; follow this and you’ll be the sexiest person at your next event… Blah, Blah, Blah!
Why bother with fitness?
While the six-pack abs may be an impossible dream for most people – and it’s tiring to be superficial all the time – let’s focus on the other key benefits to being fit and healthy beyond looking good and being sexy with these five reasons we love fitness.
What’s your reason?
There are so many reasons and here’s a few good ones:
1. Combat stress
Stress is the big one nowadays and appropriate exercise such as, yoga, meditation and H.I.I.T. cardio is going far to lower chronic stress. Simply choose one of these strategies and try it out for 8-12 weeks. You’ll be surprised how much your stress will dissolve.
2. Lower your risk of chronic illness
You will be amazed at how quickly health markers such as, blood pressure, resting heart rate and blood sugar levels will improve once you implement a healthy lifestyle. Once these improve, so to do your chances of avoiding (or often, “lowering the risks” and symptoms of) health conditions such as, type II diabetes, cardiovascular related illness and even some cancers.
Tip: These health markers are good ways to measure progress. Chat to your doctor about how to measure these accurately.
3. More positive mood
Intense exercise results in a release of serotonin and endorphins – the body’s naturally produced “feel good” hormones. These “feel good” hormones will help you feel relaxed, calm and on the positive side of life. As with anything, start your exercise slowly, and gradually increase your efforts over time.
For the other 2 reasons we love fitness, read below!
4. More likely to avoid injury
Someone who is strong, fit and healthy is much less likely to injure themselves in day-to-day activities. Focus on strengthening your core region, gluteal muscles and improving movement patterns. This is likely to decrease lower back injuries and or alleviate pain in lower back, knees, ankles and more.
5. Open yourself to new experiences
Once your health and fitness begins to improve, opportunities open for new hobbies and activities. All of a sudden the idea of going for a hike, swimming at the beach, abseiling or learning to surf become more accessible and more enjoyable as your time spent eating well and training in the gym begins to pay off.
Note: If it scares you, you gotta do it!
Of course, there are your standard benefits such as, improved body composition, dropping unwanted body fat and a million other benefits to enjoying a healthy and fit lifestyle but the above are some more important reasons to get into fitness.
Sure, it takes work and there are days where the last thing that you may want to do is head to the gym but I guarantee in the long run it will pay off – hey you might even end up with that six-pack.
– Alexander Redl thank you for the photo
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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness.
Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.