Anyone ever started a fitness program and soon realized that there are just not enough hours in the day to do it regularly. I am not talking regularly 3-5 times a week. I am talking about for the rest of your life. A healthy lifestyle is about discovering what works for you. I know so many people that are on and off of living a healthy lifestyle depending on what is going on in life. When life happens, something will give and for me that is staying healthy is a non negotiable. I am not even going to touch on food, money, friends, and other outside sources. That is a part of this process. One thing at a time. Changing everything at once can create overwhelmed feelings and cause delay on doing anything. Today, I am going to stay focused on helping you make time to live a healthy lifestyle and why functional exercises can play a part.
It seems like about every 90 days my workout schedule changes. I do not mean working out or not. I mean having a plan for the mode, frequency, duration and type of exercise that I will be doing. For example, outside or inside activities, what is going on with my family, if we are going on vacation, an event coming up, more work than normal. If you take the time to allow yourself to discover what works and don’t worry about what others think or doing it perfect and finding value from each occurrence, over time you will develop your own in it.
Stepping your way to health
Did you know the average american walks less than 5000 steps per day. A typical office worker walks less than 1500 steps per day. That is considered a sedentary lifestyle. When a farmer in the past might have taken up to 18000 in a day just to complete the work. A good goal to set for yourself is to step at least 5000. Go to Walmart and pick up a $5 pedometer to test yourself. You might surprise yourself. Knowing a big part of being able to motivate yourself to get out there and walk, park farther from the mall entrance, take your dog for a walk. Track your steps daily and average them at the end of one week. There will be days that you walk more and some you walk less. Be easy on yourself and work up to an average of at least 5000 steps per day.
Functional vs Traditional Exercise
Did you know that sitting all day is anatomically incorrect and causes your organs not function properly? Know you why you get tired, your back hurts or you have a hard time staying focused mid day at your job. As a country, we are used to not moving and spend so much time sitting position. With that in mind, it is important to move throughout the day. We say we have no time. Since no time, I will help you create time by exercising and working at the same time. For example, when you pick up a file folder you are doing a bicep curl. Intentionally, pick up the folder 10 times. Another example, when you sit in your chair you are doing a squat. Intentionally, stand up and sit down 10 times.
Functional Fitness and Traditional Exercise will both keep you moving and healthy. Functional fitness might not give you biceps to brag about but it will assist you in functions of life. It’s about teaching all the muscles to work together rather than isolating them to work independently. Like, when you are getting something off of a high shelf or you bend down to pick something up. I have so many people tell me that they pulled their back out getting something out of their car. While, traditional exercise will also help you look good in the mirror, feel good and with hard work develop the body of your dreams. Much of traditional exercise is not very functional nor do we do much of it in everyday life. Conventional weight training isolates muscle groups, but it doesn’t teach the muscle groups you’re isolating to work with others. Especially if you are just getting back into exercise or are overweight. Take it slow, you are retraining your body. I suggest integrating a little of both styles to create some options and maximize your exercise moments.
Discovering a Healthy Lifestyle
As you focus on adding simple pieces of exercise and healthy tips into your daily life, you will begin to discover your own in it. Go get a pedometer. And next time you sit down in your seat, do some squats.
ACTION PLAN: Get a Pedometer and monitor your steps over one week. Then, post here the number of steps you took. Or if you know your numbers, please post.
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