I used to be a huge fan of little house on the prairie back in the day (ugh, I think I just aged myself!) If you have ever seen that show you realize how much physical labor was required back in the 1800s just to live. Let’s face it, unless you own a farm or build houses for a living, you need exercise! Our bodies are made to move, but with the advances in transportation and computer based jobs that cause us to sit for hours everyday they are not moving as much as required to keep us healthy. This is the reason fitness facilities exist, they didn’t need gyms back in those times because their lifestyle was very active. So if you are looking to increase your quality of life and keep your body in top shape for as long as possible, you must incorporate exercise somewhere somehow. Find something you enjoy and make this a daily habit to invest in your future self. Or you can sell your car, start a garden, or start hunting for your food instead 😉
Are you one of those with this dark workout cloud looming over yourself everyday? You just absolutely despise the fact you have to drive 10-15 minutes to the gym, spend one hour torturing yourself, and then driving another 10-15 minutes back home just to take a shower and move on with your day? I’ll be the first to admit that gym workouts are not for everyone. Personally I love the sweat and challenge myself with weights, HIIT, cardio, and other forms of workouts in the gym. But I see lots of people that just hate it and struggle through establishing a routine. I’ll be the first to admit that it is not for everyone. That’s why there are so many types of workouts out there.
What I will tell you is that our bodies are made to move. Before the technology world and even before the revolution in transportation humans were getting more than enough physical activity to keep their bodies healthy. Today we drive everywhere we need to go, have desk jobs working at our computers, and eat the “convenient” foods that have been stripped from the proper nutrients to fuel our bodies. Most of what we eat is not even real food. (but that’s a whole other tangent that I won’t touch upon today) Bottom line is we need fun and innovative ways to move, whether you work it into your day or you concentrate it at the gym.
“The 1995 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine (CDC/ACSM) recommended that “every US adult should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week””
Only 20% of Americans meet this criteria! So what will you do? With chronic disease on the rise and American’s just not feeling healthy, we need to do something! Find a way to incorporate movement into your day. A few ways you can do this is:
- Take a walk at lunch
- Give yourself 5 different “movement breaks” during your day
- Do a 6 minute workout every morning before you start your day
Do what you can and start becoming more conscious of how much you move. One of my trainers Julie Anne and I just came back from an amazing fitness conference and have so many ideas to help you if you don’t know how to do this. Send us a quick message and we would be more than happy to help!