Moving Towards Fitness

Balanced nutrition which involves eating a variety of nutrients in moderation is just one piece of the puzzle toward achieving optimum health. Engaging in routine physical activity is the second piece. Nutrition and daily physical activity combine to develop a body that is “fit” and healthy. People of different sizes and shapes can be fit and healthy. This point is important to keep in mind due to the confusion that occurs when thinness is automatically equated to being healthy. Adults are recommended to engage in 60 minutes of physical activity a day and up to 150 minutes every week. A combination of high and low intensity activities are recommended in order for individuals to reap the benefits of exercise. The exercise selected should include aerobic and muscle strengthening activities that can work all the major muscles of the body. Walking, jogging, swimming, gardening and dancing are examples of low to medium intensity activities that can be done to provide health benefits. High intensity activities include; brisk walks, running, playing basketball or tennis, swimming laps, lifting weights, “intense” gardening that involves digging, staking, weeding, raking, clearing and bagging refuse. These high intensity activities will exercise all major muscles of the body, increase heart rate and provide increased health benefits. Some individuals may choose to use fitness tracking devices to monitor their activities. Others may want to engage in activities without recording or monitoring their performance. The good news is that we don’t all have to join a gym in order to be fit. Engage in physical activities that you enjoy so that you don’t get bored or tired of the activity. Enjoying the activity means that you won’t mind doing it alone and frequently. It is helpful if you can exercise with a friend but that may not always be practical with everyone trying to juggle busy schedules. The key point is to get our bodies moving toward fitness and better health.

 

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