10 Reasons to Be a Fool For Fitness - Part 1
Dictionary definition of Fitness: Physically sound; healthy.“Are you?”
Being physically fit can be very subjective. Sure, there are standardized measures for determining fitness levels. But, you and I both know that fitness is also measured by where you started, how far you've come and what it is you want to do with all that "fitness". Being a recovering work out crazed fitness professional, I can tell you that my definition of being fit has changed as I have seen to the growth of my fitness management company, as I've become a wife and mother and of course as I have aged.
Most recently, my personal definition of fitness is being able to push a wheel barrell of horse manure up hill on our property without feeling like I am going to die. So I get up most mornings of the week and jump on the eliptical, go for a walk or work out to DVD's in my garage.
Regardless of your personal current "life" definition of fitness there are so many good reasons to stay active and physically fit. I summarized 10 of those in our most recent IDEA Fitness Connect Fit-X newsletter and I am going to take moments throughout April to focus on each one.
# 1 Regular Physical Activity reduces the effects of stress and anxiety.
I bet you are thinking that I am going to start quoting some phsychiatric journals and recent studies that prove and explain the science of how this works. Well, nope... because you can see those referenced daily in the news, on the web and just about everywhere else for yourself. I am going to take different approach here.
I'm a very practical person so let's consider things like how you feel when you take a moment out for yourself to do something that is good for you, how the rest of the world falls away when you join a group of people all moving in unison during a fitness class, how freeing a good walk or jog is as the sun rises, how spoiled you feel when you indulge yourself with a personal trainer who tells you what to do and how to do it so you don't have to think (for a change).....oh and how stress relieving it is when you punch or kick the focus pads (real or imaginary)...
You get where I'm going here. But the science will specifically tell you and prove that regular physical activity prepares the body to handle stress and provides a period of mental and physical relaxation that can last for quite some time after exercise.
So do it... Be a Fool For Fitness.