If you're trying to find ways to stay motivated to exercise, team sports may be your answer. Joining a team in a sport you love can be just the push you need to keep at it over the long haul. Why? Because you're involved with others, and social interaction is a great way to motivate exercise.
Think about it. You make a commitment and then have to show up for practices and games. You make friends and don't want to let them down. You have fun, and there are often other social activities involved such as parties, meeting for workouts, and going for a bite to eat after a game.
If you're life is busy, joining a team may seem like too big of a commitment. You can always check to see if subs are needed. You can also joining an easy walking team in the neighborhood. Heck, watching your favorite sport on television can also be a great motivator. When I watch a swim meet, it makes me want to get back in that water and do some laps.
Give it a try!
I know, I know. I harp a lot on fitness. It is so critical to your health and well being that I can't help myself! Exercise has long been touted the "miracle drug" for all that ails you. That may be an exaggeration, but it certainly does improve your health.
So why don't more of us do it? Because it can be so darn boring. Thankfully, dance is a form of exercise that can bust through the doldrums.
I can hear some of you shrieking from here. We were not all blessed with rhythm or Baryshnikov-like moves, but all of us can dance, even if we're sitting in a chair. The benefits are surprising:
Why not give dancing a try? I promise we won't look when you're "getting jiggy with it." LOL.
This word makes most people cringe. It is a topic that very few want to discuss. Even healthcare providers fail to have medical discussions with their patients about obesity. But this topic is so very important, not for reasons of vanity, but also for your health.
Let’s start with the definition of obesity. The National Institute of Health defines obesity as a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30. This number correlates height and weight to determine an estimated body fat measurement. To calculate a BMI, simply type “BMI calculator” into google! Plug your height and weight in and you get a number. A normal BMI is 18.5-24.9. A BMI can tell you if you are underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. Another measurement of obesity is waist size. For women a waist size over 35 inches and 40 inches in men with two or more medical problems linked to weight is considered obese.
The biggest problem with obesity is the health complications that are associated with it. Obesity affects every single organ system. Some medical problems can be reversed, but others are permanent. Some of the most common medical problems that stem from obesity include, but are not limited to: heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, vascular disease, stroke, cancer, gallbladder stones, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and depression.
There is no magic pill or quick fix for obesity which is why 1/3 of the population struggles with it. Everyone knows the treatment, but people hate to diet and exercise. Many wait until they have a dreaded “wake up call”, a personal health scare or that of someone close to them before they take steps to deal with obesity. However, the best time is right now. The only way to manage obesity is to adapt to a lifestyle change. Unfortunately, some motivated people diet and exercise to reach their goal for a special event, but regain the weight again within 5 years. It is more than essential to make this a lifestyle change and stick to it, rather than a short-term challenge with a goal.
Many programs are now available, some are even covered by your medical insurance to help you eat properly and get appropriate exercise. There are lifestyle centers to aid with all aspects of weight loss, physical, diet, mental and medical. It is important to have a network of support around you and to take little steps toward a big goal. Small steps can drastically reduce the risk of permanent health problems. Start small and build on your progress. For example, use the steps for 1 flight of stairs at work or cut one soda from your day. Each week, increase that number. Then add other steps. Little sacrifices are often less drastic and not as unpleasant as quitting everything and exercising until you are too sore to move. When you work in this manner, you are more likely to achieve and more importantly, maintain your healthy weight goals.
Start the steps to a healthier lifestyle now!
Looking for new ways to stay motivated with your exercise program? Consider using Skype. Skype is a free program you can download by going to www.skype.com. It requires you to have a camera built into your computer. Once installed, it allows you to “call” someone (similar to calling them on the phone) and talk to them through your computer. You can also see them, and they can see you.
From an exercise perspective this allows you to workout with your exercise buddy without ever leaving home. Just set your computer up so that the camera catches you at a good workout angle. Then call your friend and start the workout.
There have been studies on the use of Skype to motivate exercise. The results were extremely positive. The use of this simple tool resulted in a 93% attendance rate for exercise (IDEA Fitness Journal, 2016 March). That's high!!
If motivation is a problem, consider using Skype with your exercise pal. It could be just what you need to stay focused!
The facts are in. The more time you spend sitting each day, the greater toll it takes on your body and your health. But what's a working woman to do? Most jobs require us to sit for long periods of time. Below are some tips to counter the negative effects of sitting:
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