This February at O2 Living we're focusing on our heart health! Earlier this week, we discussed ways in which you can prevent heart disease. Some ideas for heart health prevention included starting early with prevention, having a healthy balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle. If exercise and activity haven't always come easily to you, we've got a great way to rethink it!
Making adjustments to the way you think and eat will help you achieve a healthier lifestyle and you don't need to hit the gym everyday or try every new and expensive fad.
That’s right. I think it is fair to say that you should stop counting the minutes and hours of your workouts. The key point is that you should stay active, but incidental activity, e.g. hobbies like gardening, or recreational sports like tennis, hiking and even fishing, could involve the right amount of movement and “stress reduction” to accomplish what 50 minutes at the gym can offer!
Think about it, until modern times, the word exercise had a very different meaning—something on the order of practicing for “the real thing,” as in a fire drill. Once our evolved society came to have free time, a commercial enterprise sprung up to solve the problem of what to do with it.
Somewhere along the lines as we also became more sedentary as a result of the time saving technology that was invented, doctors came to understand that in the absence of regular activity people were less healthy. And thus, an industry was born. Now there are doctors and fitness gurus who prescribe everything from calisthenics to kick boxing. There are even manufacturers lined up to sell us the equipment and the clothing. But, we're here to say you don't have to stress about it!
Just get outside and do something you enjoy. Wear whatever you like. If you do not feel good when you “exercise” then for sure it is not working so well anyway. Sometimes going back to a more basic definition of activity and exercise can be just what you need! This is something your grandmother figured out long ago.
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