There are many different health and fitness benefits that come from being physically active. You will not only find that participating in exercise makes you feel better, but you will also look better. There are many different benefits to being fit that will help in your daily life at home with your family or outside at work. You certainly need to try to make exercise a regular part of your life. Eating well will also help you to feel much better as well as help you to become healthier. Below are a few of the many different benefits that you will get from exercise.People who are more physically fit have a generally more improved body composition and their appearance is more pleasing to the eye. You will also be able to have lean muscle instead of unsightly body fat. This will likely give you a better social life.People who exercise regularly and have a more active lifestyle for the most part live longer and more healthy as well as productive lives than people who don’t exercise. Exercise also helps to prevent illness. Being physically active on a regular basis can eliminate or delay the start of many illnesses that might be debilitating. It can also prolong the onset of many other ailments. Participating in exercise has been proven to help with fighting off these diseases: stroke, type two diabetes, obesity, coronary heart disease, and high blood pressure.You will need to be sure that you have the support, ongoing maintenance, and progression with your exercise. You should also be sure that you have a exercise program that is well structured. You will need to have commitment and consistency so that your diet and exercise will be successful.You will find that it might be a good idea if you participate in a program at a local gym with others who can help and encourage you along the way. It may also be helpful to exercise with friends which can be a great encouragement to keep you going. If you are not used to exercising you might certainly feel like quitting during your first few weeks of getting into a good exercise routine. Be sure that you talk to the person who is supposed to help you keep going should you feel like giving up. Exercise is very important for your health and fitness as well as your mental state of mind.
With so many health and fitness centers coming up in the nearby localities, you need to consider a few points before choosing a health and fitness center. The factors to be considered are -Convenient Location – For a successful fitness program, you need to select a center that is convenient to reach and one which has got ample parking space. If you have to spend most of your time trying to find a parking slot for your car, you might lose interest in going back to that fitness center.Try before finalizing – Most of the health and fitness centers usually are ready to give a trial membership or a day pass, before you enroll. Try the services of one or two centers and get the feel of the atmosphere in the gym. Try going to the fitness centers in the time slots that you usually prefer to workout and get a feel of how crowded is the place or how long is the wait time for a particular equipment. Try working out with few equipments and see how they are. If you can, try speaking to some of the fitness center members and find from their experiences.Find out, whether you get what you want – If you have children and need a facility where they can be left while you are working out, contact various health centers and find out from them if they have a facility where your children can be left. Once you narrow down to those centers with facility for childcare, make sure, you leave your children in the facility once and see if it is safe to leave your children there. If you are interested in taking up other activities like yoga or meditation, make sure that you take them once and see if you like them before signing up for the health and fitness center.Find out about the training staff – If you wish to get guidance from a trainer or even plan to hire a personal trainer, see to that you speak to the training staff and find out whether they can provide you the required assistance. See if the staff at the health and fitness center is friendly or easy to approach.Cost Factor – Before signing on the dotted line find out clearly about the membership fee and also find out if there are any hidden fees or any additional prices for using another centers facilities such as swimming pool or the locker service, etc. This should be the most important and the deciding factor before finalizing a health and fitness center. Also, check if they have any corporate discounts available and find out if you are eligible for it. Though boring, read the contract before signing, just to be on a safer side and to find out if there are any terms which you are not aware of.By keeping the above mentioned factors in mind before finalizing on a health center, you are sure to be satisfied with the services offered by them.
Have you noticed that when you hit your late 30’s or if you we lucky your 40’s you suddenly seem to have gained some extra weight (and it appeared magically overnight ), you’re not as active as you used to be and you start to feel a lot more aches and pains than you used too?Is this the way it is with aging do we just need to accept this and continue to go downhill?NO we tell ourselves; I’m going to fix this and get back into shape and lose that extra weight.But it doesn’t seem to happen for us – Why? And how do we overcome it? Is becoming Fit after 40 just a myth?So why doesn’t it happen? Well often the first thing we notice is that in our 30’s and 40’s we have a lot on, it is likely you have a job and a family and other commitments to deal with, and after dealing with all of these there is no time left to look after ourselves and if there is time we are just too darn tired.Does this sound familiar?So what’s the secret to balancing our life with trying to get back to the way you used to feel and becoming Fit and Healthy at 40?The Number one secret is to find some time.This is not as hard as it sounds, stop listening to that little voice in your head saying there’s no time or you are too tired. This is the trap that started it all, you will need to push yourself a little to get started, but to help motivate yourself into action, think about why you want to improve your health and fitness and what are the consequences if you don’t, and most importantly don’t do it for anyone else other than yourself, trying to get fit and healthy because someone else told you that you need too will not motivate you in the long term.Where to find time:Get out of bed earlier – Getting up and doing something in the morning helps start your day out on the right foot, you will give your metabolism a boost for the entire day!! (Burning more of those extra pounds off each day) you might think I need my sleep, well there are two ways to approach this 1. Stop watching the idiot box (Television) at night and go to bed earlier at least a couple of days a week. 2. One thing that surprises most people who start getting up earlier each day is that you don’t actually need that extra 30-60 minutes of sleep, by getting more active your quality of sleep will improve, and so you will not need as much sleep, you may find that you are going to bed the same time, if not later, and getting up earlier and feel better than when you used to struggle to get out of bed.Consciously plan some time – If you have sat down and worked out exactly what you do every minute of the day you will find that there is a lot of idle time in your day where the things you are doing are not really achieving anything, if you consciously plan some time to do something active or work towards you ‘fit after 40’ health and fitness goals, you will find it. We all have developed a habit of procrastinating, making excuses why we don’t just go and do something we know we need to do, but once you actually decide to make the time you will find it does not impact on anything else in your life, or if it does you only drop things that were not achieving anything anyway.Fit something into your normal routine – this is a bit of a cheat really, it’s about looking for opportunities within your daily activities that you can change slightly to work towards improving your health and fitness.Some ideas to try:Take stairs instead of an elevator,
Choose a car park a bit further away from where you need to be and walk the rest
Eat some fruit or nuts instead of junk food if you need to snack during the day
Sit up straighter in you chair, tighten and relax your abdominal muscles to improve your posture (leads to less soreness/stiffness which means you can do more later in the day)
Take your lunch to work
Don’t eat ‘on the fly’ take the time to eat something properly, look at what your are eating, you don’t have to give up all of the foods you like but be aware of what you are eating, when you are eating it and how much you are eating.
Stand up and stretch or go for a around the office especially if you have a desk job.
Drink more water – Notice I didn’t say drink less coffee or other drinks, these other drinks might be good or bad for you, and I am not here to tell you what you can and can’t drink, but drinking some extra water during the day will offset most negative effects of other beverages (unless you are consuming large quantities of something and large amounts of most things will usually cause problems – even too much water can be bad)The reason we get into this trap and don’t see this simple secret to get fit after 40, is because we have become too caught up with what we have been doing every day for the last 10-20 years, it’s become a habit to squeeze everything else in to our day and forget about what we need to maintain a healthy body. There really is no difference between being Fit at 40 to being Fit at 20 or 30, it’s just the conscious effort we put into it, you may need to make up for what you have been doing to yourself for the last 20 years, but it won’t take long and you’ll be back to where you were in your 30’s and you can make the choice to become a health & fitness freak or just stay at a point where you are not tired all of the time and be able to get out and do the things you want to do each day.I hope this little secret helps you start out on you own ‘Health and Fitness after 40’ path.