I’ve learned that maintaining a healthy lifestyle means not only eating the right things, but also rewarding your body with exercise! I’ve been an athlete all my life, and I understand some people are just not “athletic”. NEWS FLASH: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE! Anyone with two legs can get adequate amounts of exercise fit into their lives. It’s all a matter of what you’re comfortable with and there are several options! Maybe join a sports team at your local gym, maybe just do pilates everyday in your own home, maybe it’s just a matter of going for a 30 minute walk everyday. Regardless of the TYPE of exercise you do, anything is better than nothing. So many Americans lead sedentary lives, and it’s only increasing the obeasity epidemic. Granted, the standard works both ways. For example, the exercise-a-holics can’t just work out 5 days a week and 3 big mac meals everyday and call themselves healthy. It’s all about balance. I am by no means a Registered Dietician or personal trainer, however, I’m speaking from personal experience and research that I’ve done.
Another important aspect of fitness that it took me awhile to understand, is that your body needs “off days” to repair muscle tissue and rebuild. You should always have at least 24 hours between workouts too, so if you spend an entire night running at the gym, you shouldn’t wake up the next morning and go for another run. Variety is key as well. If you only exercise the same muscles in your body, the ones at rest will not be as strong. Not doing the same workouts every day will make you a more well-rounded athlete.
Here are a few references of fitness videos/programs that I’ve used and enjoyed: