The Fitness Lifestyle: So What Are You Getting Off Your Ass For?

August 6, 2008 · 7 comments

This is a guest post by Andrew Scott from Discipline or Regret.

Living a fitness lifestyle brings holistic benefits to not only the physical body but also our psychological well-being. This should be anyone’s first step to a successful life, because when you are healthy physically and mentally then you are going to be ready to take on your dreams.

Regular exercise and a sensible eating plan can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. There are many trashy diets out there, but one thing that I’ll tell you about 99% of them, READ CAREFULLY; “They will make you FAT!” Most mainstream diets will work two ways; first they will have you believe that you can lose weight fast, and secondly they will risk your health and teach you how to lose weight fast. Fast weight loss is weight loss (usually water and muscle), but not fat loss. Slow and consistent fat loss is what you need. And to do this you need to educate yourself in the things that you are eating and what they will do once inside.

A body that is physically fit and conditioned through regular exercise should be less prone to illness and injury. Consistent exercise has been proven to help prevent a number of life-threatening illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and diabetes. Regular exercise will also increase good cholesterol while decreasing bad cholesterol, which will assist blood-flow and lower the build-up of plaque in the artery walls, so that means you have a significantly less chance of leaving earth by a heart attack or stroke.

With a fitness lifestyle the body will be getting a good supply of oxygen; not only will the heart and lungs benefit in the long-term but this increased oxygen and blood-flow to our brains will also bring cognitive benefits; this is what keeps our success striving brains to be more productive and people will probably throw money at us just because of our sheer wit and ingenious ideas (It’s worth a try!).

Leading a fitness lifestyle will also prevent obesity (I got there too late!). As metabolism tends to slow with aging (usually after 30) regular exercise can prevent weight gains caused by this factor. If someone lives an active lifestyle with sports and/or frequently takes part in an exercise program they might not even feel any effects of their slowing metabolism. Even in a person’s later years if they have not led a fitness lifestyle they can begin to take part in exercise and this should help them maintain their weight. If they are an able-bodied person a focused strength training and cardiovascular workout can delay or slow down the onset of a decreased metabolism.

A fitness lifestyle will bring with it increased energy levels so that we can cope not only with the physical rigors of life but also the emotional. Not only will it give you more energy to work, play and engage in under-the-sheet-adventures, but also a fitness lifestyle will give you better sleep (more so after the sheet adventures). In turn this will bring improvements to concentration span and overall brain productivity.

When our bodies are physically fit this will bring with it many psychological advantages. A person that leads a fitness lifestyle should generally feel more relaxed and can release stress, tension to calm them down during sports and exercise. Being physically fit will also maximize confidence and self-esteem; it is ok for you to feel proud at what your fitness lifestyle has helped you achieve, just don’t be looking for a screaming crowd that wants your autograph.

As you can see the fitness lifestyle carries an immense amount of benefits and by educating yourself and developing new habits you can achieve this, it’s not impossible!

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Pkayfit August 6, 2008 at 7:38 am

Good Job! Keep it up. Yes, regular exercise will definitely keep you out of the doctor’s office as long as you eat right and exercise. The big benefit is that you build more confidence about yourself. You feel so much better. I like it.

Keep it up. Checkout my blog over at http://physiquealicious.com
I am posting my journey as well. I am in good shape but I challenge myself everyday to keep going and living the life style so I won’t grow old. 🙂

pkayfit

Steve v4.7 August 6, 2008 at 10:07 am

Excellent perspective– I enjoy the posts over on your website as well. People ask if I feel different after having lost some weight and I have to say that yes, I do. Day by day the difference isn’t all that noticeable but comparing how I feel and the increase in strength and stamina now with a year ago, BIG difference.

Keep up the good work.

Jessica August 6, 2008 at 10:47 pm

Hi Andrew and John, I like and agree with your ideas on a “Fitness Lifestyle”. We as a society need to change our perceptions in regard to exercise and not see it as a chore. Rather as a fun and fulfilling part of our lives that ultimately is going to help us live longer, happier and healthier.

People have become lazy and procrastinate because of the abundant society we live in. It’s soo much easier to stop in and grab some fast food than to come home and cook a fresh meal. Just like its soo much easier to sit on the couch than to get up and go for a walk of play some sports. Everyone needs to looks at forming better fitness lifestyle habits before its too late!

Thanks for the post. I look forward to reading more of both your blogs. Jessica

Andrew is getting fit August 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm

I have to agree with your sentiments.

Bill Wallace August 9, 2008 at 9:53 am

Great post Andrew.

A good summary of the issues of fitness and health and why everyone should be doing this. Well done on your progress so far and all the best for the future.

I just had the blood test for the cholesterol and diabetes readings recently. I’ll post them when they come through.

Bill

PointSpecial August 12, 2008 at 12:09 am

Great post! I’m getting back to working out after about a 3.5 year sitting on my bum hiatus… I was a college basketball player and once my career was over, I just quit working out. I ballooned up over 60 lbs and I always told myself I could work it off whenever I wanted… but its certainly going to be harder tan I figured it would be… I’m training for a 5k in October and I’m using it to get in shape and lose some weight in the process!

Gregory Cappello August 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Hi ,

My name is Greg Cappello and I am the Vice President and Co-Founder of Fitspott.com, a social networking platform for health and fitness launching in mid-september.

As a personal trainer for the past few years I really enjoy and appreciate the ever changing fitness industry. About a year ago I made a decision to leverage my technology capabilities to help improve communication across the entire health and fitness industry. In doing research for this venture I discovered the popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace have reached a critical mass which is making it hard for individual industries to maximize the value these type of sites were
built to offer.

Fitspott is a social networking platform specifically designed for the
health and fitness industry. We are focused on bringing together 3
distinct segments of this industry and maximize communication and
attainment of goals in every sense of the word.

These 3 segments include: Exercise leaders (personal trainers,
coaches, etc.), Members (exercise enthusiasts of all levels) and
Organizations (health clubs, healthy restaurants, etc.).

Please follow this link to view our About Us page. There you can download our marketing information packet which gives a brief but informative overview of my company.

http://www.fitspott.com/beta/about.jsp

I just wanted to introduce myself as I believe our platform offers a direct
benefit to your audience and business. I welcome and appreciate any insight you can
offer us both before and after we launch.

Thank you for your time.

Gregory Cappello
(516) 993-0554
Vice President of Fitspott
communications@fitspott.com

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