C’mon, You Can Spare 5 Minutes

I’ve been interested in the field of health and fitness for 40 years and and over that time, some things have changed dramatically, while other things (and for good reason), have remained constant.  For one thing, there has been a greater amount of research done on all aspects of health and fitness.  And less we forget the boom of information created or regurgitated by so many self-made experts looking to make a buck.  There is one thing that I think everyone can agree on and that is exercise and eating right has been proven over and over again to be beneficial to one’s health – assuming, of course, it is approached intelligently and consistently. jfk_physical-activity

Speaking of research, I recently read where just running 5 minutes a day can extend a person’s life expectancy.  Information like that makes me wonder why so many people just sit around when they can be out improving their life. Maybe it’s the media who is confusing everyone when they spout out that you need 5 hours of aerobic fitness each week and anything less won’t matter (an entirely inaccurate statement by the way).  Yes, it all can be very confusing and at times, paralyzing, but in a time when decisions are constantly being made for us and we have little or no control over particular situations, why would you not step up and take control of one of the most important things to improve the length and quality of your life?

Remember, a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing. – Fred Fornicola


Top 6 Exercise Excuses

WebMD’s 6 reasons why people don’t exercise is not very surprising to me and nor should it be. I hear the same excuses (yes excuses, not reasons) when folks confess to me for some odd reason why they don’t get off their ass to improve their health. I rationalization and justification get the better of some people but this post is about a reality check for those who are still ignoring the facts.

So WebMD states the top 6 excuses are as follows:

#1) No Time. Well, there is an abundance of research that says even a couple of minutes throughout the day can improve health and fitness, that’s why offer training sessions that last no more than 30 minutes. In and out for strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health.

#2 Too Tired. Of course you’re tired, you aren’t fit. Exercising promotes energy (when applied correctly, of course) but you need to break the cycle – start moving and you will increase your energy and your capacity.

#3 Kids! Kids or not, we all need some “me time” to be a better parent, spouse, employee, person so carving out a couple days a week to improve yourself is not a lot to ask for.

#4 Exercise Is Boring. Not with me it’s not. I utilize an array of safe, efficient and effective training methods and equipment to make getting fit and healthy fun, no drudgery.

#5 I Don’t Like To Move. (Wo)Man was predisposed to only do what is necessary to live so working, the family and other obligations are a necessity but guess what, so is exercise and exercise makes all those other things you do that much easier to accomplish.

#6 I’ve Tried Before. many people have tried to exercise at one time or another. Hell, only about 20% of the folks that own gym memberships use them on a consistent basis. Proper coaching and guidance will allow your time and money well invested. Accountability to yourself and a quality trainer makes “I’ve tried” turn into “I’m doing”.

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