You only have to turn on the TV or your social media to see lifestyle is a major cause of ill health all across the world, and Australia’s no exception. Obesity rates are rising globally, and there’s a whole lot of people who aren’t obese but are carrying enough extra weight to be putting their health at risk. Eating processed food and snacks high in sugar, fat, and salt is considered normal, and healthier food choices don’t appeal to a lot of people. Add in smoking, drinking, and stress, and it’s no wonder so many people have lifestyle-related health issues. What can you do if you know you need to exercise more, but the lure of the latest TV show is too hard to resist?
Why do I need to exercise?
You can lose weight without exercising if you consistently eat fewer calories per day than your body needs, however this makes you thinner, but not fitter or stronger. Having weak muscles because of your inactivity makes it hard to enjoy physical pursuits, and even worse, as your heart is a muscle it needs to be strong to keep you going, and that means exercise.
Exercise has many positive benefits, including:
- Increasing oxygen concentration in the blood.
- Toning your muscles for a better figure.
- Helping to keep you feeling younger
- Helping with weight loss.
- Keeping blood pressure down.
- Preventing disease such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes
- Increasing energy and stamina.
- Reducing stress.
- Improving mood.
Improve you fitness and you will feel better; it’s as simple as that.
How do I get over barriers like illness and injury?
Barriers are those things that crop up and can stop you in your tracks. Injury and illness are common problems, but you can manage them with the right approach. For example, if you sustain an injury, call out expert team and get an assessment now. Undergoing expert treatment ensures you heal more quickly and don’t make the problem worse. If you are ill, get your doctors advise on starting an exercise program and make sure you’re rested and recovered before your begin.
How do I find the motivation to exercise?
If all the positive benefit of exercise doesn’t make you rush to your next exercise session, it’s likely that you just haven’t found the right kind of exercise. If you don’t enjoy being physical for the sake of it, then the gym is probably not for you.
Sometime simple things like taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalator and parking further from the shopping centre entrance can give you a little more exercise in your day without really trying.
Or you could just walk into town, or to see a friend. Anything that you enjoy, take the emphasis off exercise and make it about doing what makes you happy.
Try a few different tricks or activities to find what works for you. Remember that something is better than nothing and it’s never too late to start. There will be something that gets you enjoying your exercise, so don’t give up.