Fitness Matters

There is no longer any doubt that there is an obesity epidemic-- walk on any street and you are more likely to see obese and overweight individuals outnumber thin people. And sadly a great majority of these people are men. Obesity is not a benign syndrome, and with time it can lead to arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and even reduced self-esteem. Let’s not forget that along with obesity and its risks come increased healthcare costs.   Be realistic While losing weight is a goal for many.
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There is no longer any question that exercise is good for both mental and physical health. For some unknown reason, the numerous benefits of exercise are often neglected in older adults. Exercise is important for people of all ages and more so for older adults- its benefits are far more durable than any prescription medication or diet.  There is ample evidence indicating that any type of exercise that older adults do is better for preventive health than pharmaceuticals. However, it is important to be thoughtful when.
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March is Women’s history month and a time to reflect on their achievements. While women have overcome many obstacles over the past 50 years in terms of pay, respect, education, making decision regarding reproduction, job opportunities and entering same sex marriages, they still have a way to go when it comes to personal health. Millions of women continue to play an important role in the family. They bear children and take time to look after them. At all times, women always place the family first.
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You’ve heard it all before: no time, budget is tight, dog ate my gym shoes. However, the first two excuses (and most common ones to hear) can be non-factors with the click of a (smart phone) button. There are apps for everything to make your life easier, but one that you should consider downloading is a fitness or workout app that will help you with your personal fitness endeavor. We are all busy people, let’s face it. But what if your workout only took 7 minutes.
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Make the effort to improve your personal health and well-being, if not for yourself, then for the ones you love. Changes are never easy, but you can make it more attainable by adopting one lifestyle change at a time. Try a new one each month and after a few weeks, the changes may just become routine. Check out this article for a summary of 15 lifestyle changes that can lead to an improved you: http://muscles.zone/15-rules-live-optimal-health/.
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