“If I hear another ‘New Year – New You,’ I’m going to boycott the whole month of January.” If you haven’t actually said it, who could blame you for at least thinking it? One of the first hazards to your attitude toward fitness is the feeling that somebody is forcing it on you. Fitness devotees fall along a spectrum, from easygoing to fanatical. Toward the right side of that continuum they can be hard to take, there’s no doubt about it.
If we look at fitness as an industry, it is valued at $94 billion and grows globally at a rate greater than 8%, so the industry doesn’t need any help from us. Yet, with only 25% of Americans getting enough exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there must be something we can do to make it more attractive.
Why not begin with the assurance that you can absolutely, positively find a form of fitness that suits you. One thing that could be said about the “fitness boom” is that at least it gives us a lot of options.
It might be a good idea to think in terms of well-being more than “fitness,” if fitness conjures up images that don’t feel right to you. Well-being begins with attitude, because if we’re not comfortable in our own heads, how can we be comfortable in our own skin?
When you boil it down to what we really need, the CDC recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, such as walking – that’s just a half-hour each weekday. For people who like more intensity, the time investment goes down. The recommended level is 75 minutes a week of vigorous activity, such as running.
Once you see the beauty of moderation in these stats, the doors open to a less-driven attitude, which might be the healthiest feature of a fitness program you could have. The ways to get there are many.
See All the Good You’re Doing
Your blood pressure or serum cholesterol or heart rate or blood sugar measurements are all likely to benefit from making fitness a feature of your every-week life. But not all the things to look forward to are so clinical.
Notice that you’re standing straighter in the checkout line and feeling your stomach muscles embrace. Your feet feel more solidly connected to the floor and the power of the earth seems to flow up through your legs. If you pay close attention, this might be a feeling you get after days, not months, of practicing a safe and moderate regimen.
We can help you select the right path for you, and make sure you’re prepared to enjoy it safely. To schedule an appointment with us at Global Family Medicine, call us at 843.815.6468. We’ll help you get started.