Exercise Is Cool
It is Fitness month and today we are sharing ideas on Why Exercise is Cool – Quality of Life and Independence.
Have you ever considered why exercise is cool or do you tell yourself that you don't enjoy it?
Today I want to share why exercise is cool and how exercise improves your quality of life and independence! A few days ago I wrote about the Why Is Exercise Essential For Great Health and Your Best Life! If you want to get a refresher here is the link for you to read more here
Here is what I mean. Exercise has been a part of the human experience since the beginning of time. As hunter and gatherers exercise was a part of survival. Squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, walking, jogging and full-out running was a part of everyday life if these people wanted to survive.
Today as humans in our modern, hectic life we must do the same basic movement patterns for our survival however because of our lack of practice or daily exercise in these natural movement’s life has become a challenge for so many people.
We are living in a time of Diseases of Ageing, weight issues, health issues, lack of energy, stiff, painful bodies that are not allowing us to live life the way it was meant to be lived.
Below are some examples of how we perform these basics movements in modern time:
Squat - Each time we sit or go to the washroom we squat. Now I have seen firsthand what happens, how challenging life is when this very simple activity can not be performed! Quality of life is reduced. Independence for that individual is no longer. If a person can not sit on the toilet they simply are not independent.
Lunge - When a person is not able to lunge a fall can happen to result in broken bones, mostly hips. Now I know you are thinking of falling is for old people. Not true today. The lunge is also a big movement in sports.
Push - We push each time we are in the grocery store or push a baby stroller for example. Other examples of pushing might be putting the plug into the socket, closing a door or cupboard, cutting veggies for dinner, or even brushing your hair.
Pull - We pull in many household and daily activities and in sports. Pulling the vacuum, pulling a door open, pulling a cupboard door, pulling on a pair of pants, for example.
Bending - Bending is an everyday event. Picking up the kids, the groceries, packages. You name it we bend to do it. If bending is not done properly again injury can happen.
Twisting - Twisting is a part of many other movements and if we are not able to incorporate it this is when an injury occurs. It seems that most injuries happen when twisting and bending are combined.
Walking, Jogging, Running - If we lack balance the movements of walking can result in falls which result in injury. Today we know that fewer people jog, and even less today would run or sprint. All of which require balance. Again, so vital for quality of life and independence.
So exercise and good movement practices are essential for our quality of life and independence.
Why exercise is a cool example workout!
So how do we practice these movements?
By creating a plan and doing it every day. The fitness plan can be as simple as learning these basics movements for example: Do this program for 3 sets, use a timer and do 40 seconds of exercise, and 20 seconds of rest. Go through this circuit 3 times
• Start with learning the basics of doing Push-ups for 40 seconds
• Start with learning the basics of the Lunge (weak leg first) for 40 seconds
• Learn the basics of an Inverted row (can use the dining room table) 40 seconds
• Burpees 30 seconds,
So why exercise is cool is because our quality of life is improved through daily practice.
Independence can be achieved through the practice of these movements on a day-to-day basis.
This is what I teach my clients. Exercise is about the immediate benefits, better thinking, better digestion, reduced stress, healthier cardiovascular system, better sleep to name a few.
Yet more important than those amazing benefits that for most would be enough to develop an exercise practice is the long-term benefits of quality of life and independence.
For me, this topic is of very personal importance. I watched my mother at a young age (early '50s) begin to struggle with all these movements. As she was not able to do these movements her quality of life and her independence were affected for the remainder of her life.
This is why exercise is cool for me. Quality of life and independence.
Your turn! What is Your WHY to make exercise is cool in your life? Share your style of exercise that is helping you create a long-term plan for quality of life and independence?
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