The human body evolved over millions of years, long before cars, escalators, laptops and remote controls. It's built to expend effort. Gas-powered vehicles enabled us to move over long distances or get somewhere quickly, but they're bad medicine when they're used to go two or three blocks. Our lives are easier but not necessarily healthier. It's time we put more thought into keeping our bodies active and well, minimizing sickness.
Kickboxing helps building muscles and discovering some muscles that you were unaware of. Arms and thighs are refined; shoulders and buttocks are shaped; the lap belt is reinforced; the torso is raised. The most pleasant is with no hesitation the endorphin release and improved cardio-pulmonary resistance.
No matter how beneficial fitness can be, the pain, the time consuming effort and the negative sensations have ironically created a very unhealthy relationship between you and this very healthy activity. Truthfully it's not your fault. There are some very legitimate reasons you may have grown to hate fitness, but there is hope.
Crunches have traditionally been the "go to" abdominal exercise; but I am on a mission to change that! Why? First, crunches round you forward, which promotes a hunched-over posture. So, even if you manage to sculpt your abs, no one will see them because you will be bent over. Plus, we all sit too much anyway, and sitting already rounds us forward... Ditch crunches and instead do functional exercises.
Being busy is great, but not if it lacks direction, passion, and makes your health suffer. Finding easy, productive health solutions that fit your life can be the difference between living and living well and there are easy things that you can incorporate into your routine without having you spinning your wheels.
A 65-year-old man notices he's feeling more tired lately. He's gaining weight and losing muscle. He can't get as many erections, and generally feels foggy and unwell. His family doctor takes some blood tests and rules out thyroid problems, high cholesterol and blood sugar issues. The only finding is low testosterone -- but that's a normal part of aging, right?
You might be surprised to learn that you don't just need to go to the gym or bundle up for a power walk to stay fit. Your daily chores can help burn calories and can add up to a personal fitness routine as well. There is a reason they call it housework. You can burn some serious calories during a marathon cleaning session.
Instead of losing weight or keeping it where it should be, you notice a change in the distribution of your fat. Congratulations. You're probably a woman in her 50s, in peri-menopause or full-on menopause. I know this, because I live it. I'm 52 and I work out at least six days a week, count calories and still struggle with maintaining and losing weight.
Recent studies indicate that people living with HIV have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Although a number of pharmacological strategies under investigation should help minimize this risk, behavioral interventions, such as physical activity and exercise, also can lower the risk. However, as with anyone living with a chronic disease, questions will arise whether or not it is safe to exercise with HIV. The answer is a resounding YES.
Exercise, active living and healthy eating are not the first step in living a healthy lifestyle. The base needs to be set before anyone can live a healthy lifestyle. This is the problem -- most people are not equipped to live healthy. Education is important to health, and more than anything, mental health is critical.
I find that the obstacles most mentioned are lack of time and lack of motivation. Often times, it is the "getting started" that's the hardest part. To get started takes a trigger, something that provides a source of inspiration. Once action has taken place, it becomes more about staying motivated to follow through.