Exercise and fitness is a crucial element for a person’s health and well-being. Most of us don’t really give it that much thought but what we often overlook is the fact that once out body breaks down, so does our lives. One may feel that there is not enough time to give some thought into how we are treating our body simply because we feel that our hands are already full trying to make both ends meet. What with the so many things needing to be paid? Bills for credit cards, mortgage, rent, water, electricity, gas, cable, TV, internet, car repair and maintenance take precedence over any fitness programs and the watchamacallits. That’s still not counting the time and worry we spend in making sure that there is food on the table and that none of our family member will starve to death.
Yes with us trying to work 16 hours a day, we may feel that there simply is no time for exercise and fitness. In fact some of us even think that if we could just forego sleeping altogether, we would. You know, this being a dog eat dog world to most of us and all.
Time… In this world we live in, we all think everything is all about “time”. In every endeavor we go into, our first consideration is if we have time for it. Well it is a valid principle if we talk about putting order into one’s life. Exercise and fitness however, does not necessarily have to take that much out of one’s valuable time. If you’re just the ordinary non athlete trying hard to stay fit, you can actually look for ways to incorporate exercising into your daily routine. If you simply don’t have the time to jog an hour every day, you can make it up by walking to places the entire day.
Unless if you are physically challenged, walking is one thing that we simply cannot do without. From the time we get out of bed and walk to the shower, we are already walking. It’s just a matter of increasing it and making it count. Take for example, if you don’t live that far away from work, you can walk to the office instead of driving. Take the flight of stairs instead of the elevator; order food yourself instead of calling for delivery. It is all a matter of perspective really.
Exercise comes in many forms. You can have it outdoors in the form of running, jogging, biking, beach volleyball, Frisbee throwing, tennis, roller blading and the like. You can also have it indoor in the form of a dance class, yoga, spinning, weight lifting and the like. The great thing with exercise is that anyone can get into it. It doesn’t work against factors like age, gender, interests, preference and the whatnots. In fact, it can work with whatever lifestyle it is that you have. Regardless of the method used for exercise, it stands for one thing and one thing alone: getting fit.
Exercise is defined as any physical activity that involves the body which would heighten or keep both its form and well being. One does not have to be an athlete in order to exercise. Take for example jogging or running. Any ordinary person can take it up as a form of exercise provided that there is no serious medical condition whatsoever. However, due to the nature of its availability, it is important for every person to remember the body’s limitation. Had we been perfect, there would be nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, human as we are, we need to stick to some guidelines.
In every form of exercise, warming up beforehand is always a must. Let us use running as an example again. Before you start with your daily run, make it a habit to always warm up. Do the stretching properly and carefully. This will slowly get your muscles ready for when you actually start running. A lot of people make the mistake of taking warm ups for granted not knowing that doing so could result to serious injury. Warming up aids us in our body’s transition from rest mode to moving mode.
If you do not warm up first, the body gets shocked for immediately being jolted to action. This is bad for the muscles, the joints, the heart, the lungs and basically, the entire body. Cooling down after exercising is as important as warming up. Do not shock your body into nothingness after having exercised for a period of time. Allow it to transition properly in order to avoid injury. Exercise shouldn’t really be that hard as long as people put their minds into it. Basically, it’s just the same rule across all forms.