Personal fitness has never been more important. We are living in an age where our lifestyle has become completely static.
Modern age technology has created an excess of ease and the result has been a sedentary living ecosystem with an absence
of an essential element: physical activity. As I live at the beach, I take every opportunity to walk or bike around and not get in the car.
Not easy to do in LA.
Why do I call it essential?
The human body has been mechanically designed to indulge in regular physical activity. Our joints and muscles need constant motion
to stay in shape and function properly. Needless to say, the lack of physical activity creates an imbalance between the supply of energy and
nutrients to your body and their consumption which then leads to severe health problems like obesity, heart issues, high cholesterol, mental fatigue,
depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, diabetes and what not.
If this scares you, then good!
No! I am not just talking about spending time at the gym or having a workout regime. That is a HUGE benefit but I am adding to stay active in general.
According to a study done in 2006 by the University of Minnesota, it was found that from 1980 to 2000, the number of people who exercised regularly remained the same
but the number of people who spend most of their time sitting rose by 8%.
One can relate this sharp change to the advent of the IT industry and more and more jobs becoming completely desk jobs over the course of the past 25 years.
Back in the day people used to be far more active than they are today. Imagine your grandfathers and great grandfather who had to sweat it out all day in the field or factories.
To become more active, you have to be creative!
There is so much you can do. But there is one thing, which almost everyone can do: use your legs more! How can you do that?
Simple: you can cycle or walk to work. You can jog to the nearest metro station; you can walk to and from errands.
It has been scientifically seen that people walking or biking are healthier in terms of factors like BMI and overall obesity.
When at work, stand up and stretch or walk around your office and incorporate movement throughout your day. Then when you come to class with me, you are READY.
Being this active helps your body in many ways. First and foremost, it keeps your metabolism up and running. Some key benefits include improved digestion, good skin tone,
weight reduction and proper internal waste disposal. Your internal organs like kidneys and lungs function better. You start to age slowly compared to someone who is inactive.
All the benefits we want for a happier, healthier lifestyle.