Physical Activity

Exercise!  The body needs physical activity.  The human body was made for it!  There are overwhelming studies that verify this.  Unless you have been born with a condition that does not enable you to engage in daily physical activity, it is an essential part of life.  Some of the benefits include:

  • Remaining Limber
  • Keeping or building muscle
  • Keeping our brain healthy
  • Strengthening bones
  • Keep our weight optimal
  • Help the digestive system
  • Relieves stress
  • Disease prevention including osteoporosis and cancer
  • Strengthening our heart
  • Increased circulation
  • Better skin (due to blood flow)
  • Cleaner body systems (due to carrying nutrients and oxygen into and waste out of the cells)

Frequency

There are several schools of thought on how much exercise you should get and how often.  Here are a few:

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines says that you should get 1 hour of physical activity a day and that can include your walk to school, to the store, to different classes, or anywhere.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease control (CDC) recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day, five days a week is essential for good health.
  • The National Association for Sports and Physical Education recommends a minimum of 60 minutes with up to several hours of physical activity a day and recommend avoiding prolonged inactivity.  I think this is a great goal.

We should get some activity that consistently raises our heart rate for a minimum of 20 minutes almost daily.  We need to get the blood pumping to feed every cell in our body with our rich blood, which we will have from a nutrient dense diet.

The types of physical activities

There are many to choose from and the more you enjoy them the more likely you are to stick with doing them.  I would encourage experimenting with different activities if you don’t have anything you are consistently doing.  Here are a few:

  • Working out at a gym
  • Pilates
  • Yoga (replacing the spiritual element with the presence of the one true God of the universe)
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Rumba
  • Dance work outs
  • Working out with videos
  • Playing ball (many types including basketball, baseball, soccer, etc.)
  • Roller blading
  • Skiing
  • Kick boxing
  • Playing with children (the potential is there to get a lot of exercise!)

Making a plan for consistent physical activity

“If you do not have a plan, then you plan to fail,” is a coined phrase I have heard many times.  It is important to develop an exercise routine.  Having a membership at a gym is helpful but is a waste of money if you don’t use it.

You may want to develop a routine that fits your lifestyle.  If you have not worked out in a while, consider choosing one to a few exercises to get you started and don’t worry if it only adds up to a few minutes a day, just congratulate yourself and keep it going until it actually becomes a part of your day, that it would feel “weird” if you skipped it.

If you are working out regularly, GOOD FOR YOU!  If you are somewhere in between, it may be something you need to work on.

How I can help

I am not a fitness instructor but what I do with all my clients is help them make exercise a routine part of their life.  When a client signs me up as their health coach they make a commitment to making essential changes in their life to improve their health.  They do not want to waste their money on a health coach if they are not going to be receiving the benefits of optimal health so they are usually ready to start making the changes necessary, and exercise may be one of them.

I can help encourage you to incorporate this element of health into your daily life and while you make a commitment to the determined goal for your lifestyle and health condition.

Call me for a free consultation (203)469-8888 or email me at: healthcoachsheila@aol.com