Life is motion, so move!
Author: Mark Westbrook
Date: Dec 2011
Exercise is often an afterthought in today’s modern, upbeat, stressed society. The stress of work, family, children and more in this never slowing world of technology, is often the reason for people to excuse exercising. Being aware of the many benefits that exercise has to offer, both for your mind and body means exercising should easily become a part of life, rather than a separate section that is fitted in occasionally or reluctantly.
Health clubs usually see a new gym membership visits reducing after just 3 months of the person starting. 3 visits per week with each session lasting approximately an hour equates to 36 hours of exercise before interest starts to leek away! Have you ever started a diet or exercise plan and found it vanished after 3 months?
The first idea that I ask you to consider is not to “take exercise” like it’s a pill, medicine or magic spell, but to embrace exercise in everything you do. Work, family, children, shopping, house work, socialising, I like to use the phrase “life is motion, so move”.
- Exercise at work by using the stairs every time instead of the lifts, take a 30 minute walk around the block for lunch.
- Exercise with family by walking pets together and sharing gardening chores.
- Exercise with children, simple games such as 20 star jumps guarantees them a bed time story, or gets them to school on the scooter.
- Exercise when shopping, choose the car park space furthest away from the supermarket door, use stairs in multi storey car parks.
- Exercise with House work, by just doing more.
- Exercise Socialising, by dancing, bowling, playing golf or arrange walks for charity, look out for your local community events.
We are all highly complex organic apparatus, and with that comes a few “must do’s” from mother nature, only then can we operate at our peak performance and fully reach our full potential.
Mark Westbrook, member of the Register of Exercise Professionals REPS (R0068889) and pool plant professional through the ISRM ( RoPPP’s)
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