While it may feel that a new workout fad appears every week, fitness is not a passing fancy. If you have a body, you need to move it and take care of it, and physical activity is an important aspect of your overall health.
According to the World Health Organization, participating in a regular routine of moderate physical activity has significant health benefits, such as reducing your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, many forms of cancer, and depression (World Health Organization, 2017).
Think about adding walking, bike riding, or recreational sports into your regular routine to increase the amount of moderate activity in your daily life. Whatever mode of physical activity fits your lifestyle best, the most crucial component of fitness is making it a regular part of your life.
The many benefits of being active
Another benefit of remaining consistent with your fitness habit? Always being ready for that spontaneous vacation or trip to the beach! How many times have you begun a fitness regimen in preparation for that big beach trip, or class reunion, or a friend’s wedding, only to discontinue your workouts after the big event has passed?
Wouldn’t it be less stressful and indeed healthier if you were always feeling your best and ready for any occasion? By maintaining a consistent level of fitness you will no longer feel that manic desperation to attain that “perfect beach body,” or whatever other short-term goal you are feeling pressured to attain.
Being active is important for…
The fact is, an active lifestyle is important for every body. Fitness does not have to be overly-rigorous or intense- simply focus on fitting an intentional form of exercise into your daily routine on a regular basis. For example, that crazy-intense crossfit-style class won’t benefit you if it leaves you too sore and exhausted to workout for the rest of the week.
The key with any fitness program is consistency – pick activities that you enjoy doing, so that you will be more likely to continue doing them! If you like dance, try a Zumba class! Hate running? Don’t do it- try a spin class or a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout to get your cardio instead!
The point here is that fitness is not one size fits all- find the workout that you like best. By choosing to incorporate physical activities that you inherently enjoy doing you are setting yourself up for success, and for a lifetime of sustainable health and well-being!
Reference: World Health Organization. (2017). Physical activity [Data file]. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/topics/physical_activity/en/