Physical Fitness Means Living Better, Longer

Regular vigorous exercise can provide the basis for good health and wellness. In the past health was determined by the absence of disease or illness. Today we define health in terms of physical, mental and emotional wellness. The health, fitness, and medical experts now regard physical activity, practiced on a regular basis, as essential for achieving and maintaining good health. 

Studies confirm that exercise will not only help you to live longer but enable you to live life at your fullest potential. But, being physically strong and fit is more than striving to live longer, it is striving to live better. If a proper exercise program helps you maintain good physical appearance, have more energy, sleep better, distress ones self, improve performance at a favorite sport or pastime and not have to worry about weight gain isn’t it worth it? 

Ponder the fitness truths listed below as this is what physical strength and fitness is all about. Being fit is about living every day to your fullest capacity not just getting by. 

This goal is within the reach of anyone who educates themselves regarding strength and fitness. 

Your body was made to be very active. 

Your body cannot handle the stress of sitting most of the day. 

Your body thrives on vigorous activity. 

You need to use energy to gain more energy. 

A physically fit body is better able to function at its full potential. 

Strong and fit people tend to feel really good about themselves. 

Most people would like to be strong and fit maybe not for the sake of appearance, but surely so that they can feel better and live longer. Unfortunately, many fall prey to mental obstacles that can prevent and get in the way of getting the exercise we need. 

The first and most important obstacle to conquer if you want to improve your health and fitness is thinking of exercise as an option. Devoting a small portion of each day to physical fitness is a must, not an option or a luxury. 

If you don’t make time to maintain strength and fitness the consequences may not be obvious in the short term. It could be tempting to engage in wishful thinking: “If I don’t work out, no one will know the difference.” That may be true – for a while. 

It takes time, years, even decades for a lack of physical activity to take its toll on our bodies. But the consequences will surely come: weight gain, lack of energy, loss of strength, loss of self esteem, daily tasks will start to become harder. Your career will suffer, your bones will become weaker and more brittle, your posture will take on an aged look, your heart and lungs will grow weaker, and you will become more prone to nasty diseases that could well shorten your life. 

All too often, we go through life, stumbling along down the road of good intentions. We intend to get in that gym workout today. Or, we may intend to begin an exercise program. But intentions, alone, are not enough we need to get started and continue to do it with consistency. Consistency with an exercise program helps it become a habit – a normal part of your everyday life 

You will find yourself looking forward to having that time to yourself…time to think, time to center yourself after the busyness of the day, time to release stress and time to recharge the batteries. In the long run, it’s all up to you and you have the power to make yourself look better, be healthier and live longer.