There is overwhelming evidence exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and musculoskeletal pain. However, research shows that physical activity continues to decline.
More often than not people make the choice not to exercise. They may be too busy, too tired, lack energy, are self-conscious, intimidated, exercise is too hard, the gym is inaccessible, and exercising causes discomfort and pain. Whatever the reason may be; there is one undeniable reason for making physical activity a priority. That reason is YOU…your life is important; you are worth the effort, sacrifice, sweat and pain!
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the leading causes of death in the US, 57% were caused by cardiovascular disease and cancer, and nearly 80% of these deaths could have been prevented if a healthy lifestyle was followed. Imagine that!
Obesity has been associated with cardiovascular disease; which is currently a worldwide problem. This problem has reached our youth and is hovering over their future like a time bomb. Experts say that one in four kids are currently overweight. What do these kids have to look forward to? Numerous health risks like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, some types of cancer, pregnancy complications and many other undesirable symptoms linked to excessive body weight.
When people start or resume a workout regimen, most of them focus mostly on cardio; which is great for the heart and endurance. However, it’s important to engage in weight training as well to burn fat and built lean muscle. A great way to start a sustainable workout and avoid injury is to condition the body through a systematic approach. There are three main phases; stabilization, strength and power. The stabilization phase addresses any structural deficiencies that could cause injury, stress at the joints, overload of the soft tissue, and negatively affect the way force is produced by the muscles. Phase 2, continues to focus on stabilization and builds strength to the muscles that act as the main source of motive power while increasing lean body mass. Phase 3, emphasizes the development of speed and power and should only be done when phase 1 & 2 are successfully achieved. I strongly suggest finding a trainer to properly show you how and when specific routines should be done. A physical trainer will determine a safe level of exercise for you and can guide you towards achieving the desired result without risking injury.
Above all, stay active! If getting a trainer is not within your means find an activity that you enjoy and have fun doing it. Try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Alright my friends, it was my absolute pleasure to share this information with you. As I keep learning, I’ll keep throwing more useful information your way.