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Fitness And Exercise

Why It Is So Important To Total Well-Being

George Karalexis

Physical fitness through exercise is an essential element of life for all people. Medical and health experts have concluded that most people have a very low level of physical fitness that, unless they perform the daily movements they have conditioned themselves to do, such as getting out of bed, walking to work, performing physical activities during work and at home, will loose the little physical fitness they already have.

Like any living person, every living part of our body will waste away if we do not use it. Like the saying goes, ...use it or lose it..., the human body must be used or it will eventually waste away. It is like when you are laid up in a hospital bed with a broken leg and cannot use it for a number of weeks. What happens when the cast comes off? You have to spend a considerable amount of time to return that limb to normal use as it has undergone muscular atrophy.

This is why it is so important to consider physical activity as a means of life. What is life if you cannot enjoy the leisurely activities with family and friends. How will you function at work if your back has locked up due to inadequate support from weak muscles. Do you always feel tired and lethargic?

If these reasons are not hitting home yet, then it is only a matter of time before these words come back and haunt you. I see friends and family who are suffering from illness day in, day out. You do not want to get to this point in your life before deciding that enough is enough. Why be reactive and wait till something happens in your life before making a change in your lifestyle, a change that should have already been a form of normal living activity.

Think about what it will take before you start paying attention to the body that is so busy doing things that are robbing you of total physical freedom.

Did you ever think that you could perform some simple core strength training routines whilst doing the things that keep you busy? Well you can, and it is easy.

Years ago I remember a personal trainer of mine who introduced me to short intense training techniques that transformed my body from a slob to a heart throb, well to my wife that is. Simple mid section braces that strengthen your abs and lower back, give better mid waist support that can alleviate chronic back pains and also tighten up your midsection. I do these in the car whilst I drive, sit behind my PC typing and sit down watching a DVD.

If you have 5 minutes or so to spare, then you CAN make a difference, even if you feel unmotivated. This is a simple exercise whereby you cave in that mid section that causes you all the pain and anguish and hold it there whilst maintaining normal breathing. Holding it there for 30 seconds and resting for 20 seconds, and again for 5 times over. At first it may burn a little, but that is perfectly OK and means that you are working a muscle group that has not worked in a while.

As you get better at it, you can push the holds for a minute or more and repeat 5 to 10 times over. I know through my experience that this works and rids of those chronic bad back pains.

Fitness and exercise is a life activity that should be conditioned as normal part of living, just as sitting in front of a TV is, and just like sitting in the bar drinking with friends is.

You see, not only will fitness and exercise help you feel better about yourself, it will prolong your life, allow you to do things you never thought possible, give you more energy during the day, motivate you to do more in the tight schedule you have, but also give you more time.

Think about it for a minute, if you are feeling more energised to do more, then you will work more efficiently with your time and free up time to do the things you always complained not having time to do.

As the Nike branding says so well...Just Do It....

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