Take your health for granted? Why Not? Feeling good must mean you are healthy right?
Why do people get their oil changed on their cars every 5000 kilometers? Why do they get their ducts cleaned in their house every year? Why do they fertilize their green lawns? We use preventative maintenance on our cars, homes and properties but do not always feel the need to look after the most important thing in life; OUR BODIES!
Feeling well does not mean you are in good health. What you cannot see or feel may be harming you. Would you wait for your car engine to seize up before checking the oil? Would you wait for the weeds and bugs to completely obliterate your lawn before taking action? Why does it take an illness for people to provide their bodies with the preventative maintenance they need and deserve?
I have seen many older people signing up at the gym after having an obvious health crisis where they have lost mobility. Why wait until you are debilitated to take action?
Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living requires adults perform cardiovascular exercise (running, biking, brisk walking for example) 5-7 days per week for 30 minutes to obtain substantial health benefits. In addition, the requirement for weight or resistance training is 2-4 days per week and flexibility or stretching 7 days per week. Measure your level of activity against these healthy recommendations. Are you on track?
Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) reports ONLY 15% of Canadians are meeting the minimum 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity required per week. This is a frightening statistic as the link between increased exercise and decreased risk of all disease including Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Cancer and Alzheimer’s, just to name a few, is undeniable.
I met with a new client last week whose first words were “I hate fitness”. My reaction was you are perfectly normal but what set her apart from many other people was that she was in my studio because she realized the importance of introducing a fitness program in order to stay well. She also realized she was not going to do it without help. She made the first crucial step to her health and wellbeing and I am confident it will not take long for her to learn to embrace fitness and enjoy the benefits.
Next time you consider a tune up on your car, think about a tune up for your body to ensure you are living your best life!
Need help? Check out your local community recreation facility for a fun class, walk, bike or play with your children or grandchildren in the park. It all counts toward that 150 minutes a week to see “substantial health benefits”. Do not forget the muscle work so include squats, lunges and lifting while you are at it and you will not only enjoy great health but the great feelings that accompany your workout.