Jackie Wright : Choose great health for life
June 14, 2012
When a client pulls me aside after a class or personal training session and shares the fantastic news that they have attained one of their major goals, which was to reduce or eliminate their blood pressure medication, due to their fitness program; that spells health/fitness success, for both of us.
In this life, regardless of age; how we feel often dictates what we are able to do and what we are able to do may dictate the quality of our lives. If you are unable to kneel down to the floor to pick up something you dropped or to pick up and hold a grandchild, what kind of qualify of life do you possess? If you were an avid skier and are still very capable of being an avid skier except that you have knee, hip or back issues, what quality of life do you enjoy? If you are no longer able to move effectively due to excessive body weight, how would you rate your quality of life?
These are difficult questions to honestly answer and face; however, do not despair. There is hope and many health and fitness solutions to these and hundreds of other quality of life challenges. Life is short though and “time is a wastin'”. Therefore, make today the day you choose great health. True, everyone has limitations and some have more than their fair share, but even those with significant health challenges, in many cases, may improve their health.
How? Well, that is what will be revealed below and while you may have heard it before, today really sit down and immerse yourself in this information. The choices you make today may impact you for the rest of your life. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Exercise Regularly – Absolutely! This is what our bodies were designed for-movement. Get out and exercise daily-this does not mean every day is an intense workout day, but that we are moving with purpose daily. Include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength/endurance and flexibility physical fitness components for a balanced, safe and effective program. Your health will benefit for a life time.
Eat Healthy-and Mindfully! Many clients that come in for their initial consultation and assessment indicate that they really “don’t eat that much”. However, there is no magic to weight loss or weight gain-if you input more than you output, you will probably gain weight. And, even when a client makes the wise decision to begin an exercise program, they may believe that this is “the ticket” to health/fitness success. However, it is only one half of that ticket. Without proper portion control, a balanced, nutritious intake of the macronutrients and micronutrients and water, your health and fitness success may be sabotaged. Seek out the services of a licensed/registered dietician to create a healthy eating program to get on track for life.
Seek out true Health/Fitness Professionals to begin your journey toward health! With the plethora of misinformation, which often promises unrealistic outcomes out there, seeking out the services of a confirmed expert to help you navigate these often muddy waters, taking into consideration all of your specific limitations and needs, is an important step toward great health!
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net, her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.
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