Do you know what the Best Fitness of all is? It’s Daily Living. Sounds simple doesn't it? It really is!
If you follow what trainers and experts tell you, a well-rounded fitness regimen would have you actively engaged in some type of formal exercise for an hour a day, six or seven days a week. A lot of effort, a lot of time, but not unreasonable if you want to be truly fit for a long life. But what about the other 15 hours a day when you’re awake?
When you think about it, it’s thoroughly illogical to believe that the optimal fitness schedule is “1 hour on, 15 hours off.” Sure, thinking that way helps gym memberships, and lots of fancy fitness gear. But the truth is, fitness is best thought of as a lifestyle, not as a task.
Every moment of your day, every task that you do, is an opportunity to move in ways that help your health. When you think of fitness as a lifestyle, it means you walk a little faster, stand a little taller, stay outside a little longer, do tasks a little more intensely. It means you bypass that easy or lazy options and instead take the steps, fetch the items from the garage yourself, and take care of that fallen branch or broken step right now, by yourself.
When fitness becomes a lifestyle, it means that you are naturally walking more each day, so you don’t have to formally schedule it, get dressed for it, and recover from it. It means that you are naturally stretching your muscles, using your strength, and challenging your sense of balance. It means that not a half an hour goes by when you haven’t done some small thing with a little more exertion as a matter of habit.
And does this kind of living pay off! More energizing living burns calories, strengthens muscles, builds endurance, improves your mood, and makes you sleep more deeply. Science proves it, and living it quickly reveals it.
So how to you start living a fitter lifestyle? Again, it’s all about the choices. Here are some simple life rules to start:
Does living a fit lifestyle mean you can stop thinking about exercise? No. Active living will do a great job of keeping you slim and maintaining your body’s current physical condition. But remember, by definition of exercise- using your body in ways that go beyond normal exertion levels. Only by mixing in some formal exercise can you improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance.
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