Why Physical Fitness

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Who Invented Physical Fitness To Keep Us On Our Toes?

 

 

A hale and hearty human is akin to a well-oiled machine. It takes more than air, rain and sunshine to keep the clogs turning. Otherwise, one had better be prepared for it to draw a last breath before squeaking to an unexpected halt. None can be accorded as the sole party who invented physical fitness as daily life requires the average man to display some level of vigor. Even chess players need healthy bodies although most of their physical moments seem to extend no further than their fingers. The Greeks were probably best proponents of keeping fit. No better way exists in expressing their love of it than in the invention of the Olympics. As various parties sought to qualify for the games to achieve acclaim and victory, the call to improve speeds, distances, heights, lengths and whatever other measurement was apparent.

 

Even though one may defeat others, it takes constant practice to maintain winning levels. One slip in step or weight gain is a sure path for second placing, the first of losers. Oriental versions of maintaining good health veered towards balancing energy flows in addition to muscular growth and strength. The Chinese masters who invented physical fitness often incorporated moves drawn from martial arts. Although the purpose was to maintain healthy bodies, one could also defend himself or his family if the need arose. As such, the love of sports was accompanied by the need to maintain military defenses against opposing forces. Foot soldiers were subject to hours of exercise and practice to ensure they were always ready to rise to the call. Increasing influence towards sedentary lifestyles causes men and women of today to view keeping fit as an additional activity out of the norm. Gym memberships and lifestyle reality shows hit top notes as they rake in millions to address current day issues related to lack of exercise, bad dietary decisions and spiraling health statistics. The current state of health in our society today is outright poor; non-the-less if you are out of shape you can turn your health around by making a conscious choice to do so. Decide to get in shape!

 

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Fitness Tips To Get You Started, Get You Motivated and Get You Fit!

 

Setting realistic goals gives you achievement checkpoints, allowing you to stay focused, energized, and productive. Achieving goals makes you happy, and it keeps you motivated to fulfill your dreams in life. You should always keep track of your progress, and you can do this using several different methods.

One way you can keep track of your progress is by keeping a journal. You can keep this information in your daily journal, or you can keep a fitness journal exclusively.

You can also keep a chart and add stats to it daily. Use stickers, make it colorful, add a calendar, and whatever else you need to keep you motivated. Keeping a chart is very helpful because it displays your results for convenient use. It is easy to see where you are and what you have accomplished-keeping you motivated to keep going and do more. If you keep a log of your workouts, then you know how much time you worked out each day and what you are doing as far as your nutrition as well. This is part of staying organized, and if you are organized, then you will be more focused and strategic.

Find what works for you. Does an exercise bike workout pump you up and leave you wanting to come back for more? Or is a workout on a tread mill or elliptical machine your thing? Running, walking, racquetball or soccer? You need to find what makes you happy, keeps you motivated and gives you the results you are looking for.

 

Resting is an important part of your fitness. Resting in between workouts is very important because it gives you a chance to give everything in your body a break before the next workout. It gives your body the chance to re-energize and recuperate. You should also get plenty of sleep each day. When you sleep, your body repairs itself. Sleep is an important part of a healthy, properly functioning body. Warming up gets your body ready for a workout. Stretches are great to do before a workout, and they should always be part of the warm up. You can do breathing exercises and many other things that help you warm up before working out.

You have to cool down after working out because it lets your body return to normal as far as your heart rate, breathing, etc. Your body is able to take a break and refuel for the next workout. Stretching both before and after a workout will help prevent injury and muscle soreness. One way you can stay motivated is by having a workout partner. Have them start a nutrition plan or diet with you. Keeping track of your nutritional intake and any results you notice or feel is also another way to stay motivated.

Read books and journals that have to do with fitness in order to find new workouts. There are many different things to do in order to keep yourself motivated. The best thing to do is find a combination of things. By following the steps listed throughout this article, you are going to enjoy your workouts and also maximize your potential. It is time to step it up and make sure you are giving it everything you have. Your physical fitness is counting on you, and it is time to take your stand and choose good health! It’s really a choice.

Combat Stress With Physical Fitness

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Exercise To Reduce Stress

 

As we all know, times are tough these days. With the global economy not being fair, lack of jobs, and people losing their jobs; it’s no wonder why so many people are feeling the pressure from these stressful conditions. Whether you’re experiencing stress from work, issues at home, being unemployed, unable to pay the bills, childcare, divorce, no time for yourself, facing loss of your home or the overall day-to-day struggle to make ends meet; these are all examples of stress related concerns that a lot of us face daily. You may or may not be facing any of those exact unfortunate situation, but you have a friend or family member who is, this can be stressful for anyone.

 

Just because we have to deal with tough situations that life throws at us all at one point or another it doesn’t mean that stress should consume our quality of life. There are a lot of disadvantages from being stressed, which may be the most obvious concept, but there are a lot of ways stress affects you; to include emotionally and physically. Such examples are: mood swings, being irritated often, thinking negative thoughts, headaches, loss/increased sleep, bodily pain or discomfort, loss of sexual desire and a serious impact on your immune system which would increase sickness. These examples can also lead to depression or substance abuse… which is not a good look! Who needs that! I know I don’t! And neither do you! So do yourself some justice and do your best to stop stressing. I know it’s easier said than done, don’t get me wrong, but it is to your benefit.

 

One way to help fight against being stressed or at least bring your stress levels down is by being physically active. Physical activity for at least 30 minutes or more releases endorphins from the brain which make you feel good. I’ve experienced stress reduction personally many times by exercising and it just evaporates, or at least for the moment. Exercise combats stress. If you have not exercised after a stressful situation, just try it and you will see exactly what I am talking about. You will feel so much better after pounding the pavement and sweating it out at your local gym or anywhere else you might exercise at. And who does not want to feel good… outstanding! I see no hands up in the air! Feeling good is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

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You will not only feel better but you will also strengthen your mind, immune system, increased sleep recovery, have more energy, enhanced ability to tell yourself “Yes” instead on no, more focus, increased sex drive, more positive attitude, less or no headaches and an overall increased well-being about yourself. NOW I know, despite all the above, the next thing said maybe… “that’s all well and good but when do I have the time to do this?” The answer is, when you designate it!! Start with a target time of 30 min. That’s it. Just 30 minutes to start with. You put in 8, 9, 10, 12 hours for work, more hours with friends and family and the remaining time is for sleep. Out of a 24 hour period, you can at least find 30 minutes to an hour to de-stress and make sure you do so.

 

After going over some of the benefits of physical activity how could you not want to find 30 minutes to a hour a few days a week to dedicate to your health! So let’s get a moving people… alleviate the stress and dedicate at least 30 minutes to be your best!! Here is a few activities you can do, right at home no less: push-ups, jumping jacks, jump-rope, burpees, run-in-place, stretching (yoga), lunges, pull-ups (if you have a bar), sit-ups, crunches and mountain climbers to name a few. If you can, speed walk, jog or ride your bike around your neighborhood. (make sure you have safety gear) It’s all up to you.

So it’s time to take the trash out. What do you do when your trash gets full… you tie it up and take it out. And that is what you need to do before stress ties you up and takes you out. The hardships, uncertainties and obstacles in life will always be there without a doubt. Instead of stressing over things you can’t change, focus on the things you can. Bad things will happen to good people in life; it’s not always what happens to you in life, but it is the way you re-act to it that make a huge difference. You only live once!! Get fit and get on with your life!

Weight Training For Women – How To Get Started

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This is the perfect time to organize your life for a brand new body. Whether you are looking to expand on a new adventure or whether you are looking to improve your fitness level, weight training for women is a very exciting path to travel on. There are so many health and confident benefits for every participant. This article will address some of the basic steps you need to take to get started as soon as possible. First of all you are going to need a training program. Specifically you will need a program that is very detailed in the type of workouts, body safety and workout goals required. This is very important. Without this type of help you will not be able to move forward.

 

There is a right way to do things then there is the wrong! Which is completely the opposite of what I want you to achieve. Your trainer should provide you with a varied and interesting workout to keep you motivated. It would be to your advantage to have your program detailed enough so that you are working different body parts each time you workout. You should also have adequate time for rest and recovery between your sets. This is just as important as the workout itself.

 

Believe it or not, your muscles do need to rest. Cardio is helpful but not as much when you are weight training. Therefore finding a trainer who is aware of this aspect is vital to your success. Fortunately for me the trainer I have keep in touch with are of high workout standards. One in particular knows how to get the best out of each workout in the shortest amount of time. That means I am getting terrific results when I just need to know anything new in terms of muscle behavior and new workout tips. She is very detailed and sympathetic to my needs. Best of all she is an online trainer and reachable at anytime of the day for me if I should have any question at about anything I don’t specialize in! I hope you can find a trainer just as good as the ones I deal with from time to time.