Fitness: What Are You Forgetting To Remember?
Sep 8, 2010
As we memorialize our veterans this month, let us also reflect on our health. What are YOU forgetting to remember when it comes to health and fitness? Are you the total package or are you missing a key component for overall good health? And is this missing link simply just an area for improvement, or is it what keeps you from lowering your time in the next race or worse, could one more year without it mean disease or even death?
Forgetting to remember is common when balancing a busy and stressful life. The personal trainers at Fitness Together are here to help with that. It is our job to remember what you forget.
What are You Forgetting To Remember?
Common Fitness Pitfalls
- Ignoring Strength Training
This is especially common with runners and triathletes or women who are afaid of "bulking up". Runners...did you know strength training can prevent injury, increase your power and speed, improve running economy and muscle imbalances? And ladies, plain and simple, women just don't have what it takes biochemically to bulk up. Estrogen does nothing for increasing muscle size...you have to have loads and loads of testosterone. So, it's nearly impossible for strength training to cause an ordinary woman (a non- body builder) to bulk up, but it might help you to burn extra calories, lose body fat, decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, back pain, injury, depression and arthritis. Add it to your routine today!
- Improper Breathing
Sure, breathing is an involuntary bodily function; something that we are unaware of most days. However, breathing correctly during fitness sessions is very important and something we should pay special attention to. Incorrect breathing can lead to lack of oxygen and even faintness. When you're working out, try your best to take deep breaths instead of shallow ones and try to breathe through the nose and out the mouth. You'll want to exhale during the most difficult part of the exercise.
Proper hydration levels are very important and when you exercise, you need to consume even more water than usual. The average person should have at least 64 ounces of water per day. In addition, you should drink 16 ounces for every hour of exercise you complete.
- Omitting the Stretch
As we age, our muscles tighten and range of motion in the joints can be minimized. This can put a damper on active lifestyles and even hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be simple, such as zipping up a dress or reaching for a can off of the top shelf, now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make daily living activities easier. Stretching can reduce muscle tension, increase range of movement in the joints, enhance muscular coordination, increase circulation of the blood to various parts of the body and increase energy levels.
- Avoiding R&R
Stress in any form can derail your health. It manifests itself in all kinds of ugly ways: aches and pains, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, loss of sex drive, and frequent colds. Stress can't be avoided altogether, but taking just a few moments every day tor relax will do wonders for both mind and body. Other stress relievers: exercise, meditation, going outdoors just to smell the fresh air, mindless projects like tinkering in the garage, knitting, listening to music or scrapbooking can also be very therapeutic.
- Dismissing the Advice of Experts
If your doctor is recommending you begin an exercise program, this is not something that should be taken lightly. Added pounds that come on gradually can quickly add up and result in dangerous consequences. Exercise can:
Reduce the risk of premature death
Reduce the risk of developing and/or dying from heart disease
Reduce high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure
Reduce high cholesterol or the risk of developing high cholesterol
Reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and breast cancer
Reduce the risk of developing diabetes
Reduce or maintain body weight or body fat
Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints
Reduce depression and anxiety
Improve psychological well-being
Enhanced work, recreation, and sport performance
Even the fittest of the fit fall victim to some of the above pitfalls. We challenge you to fix what is missing in your routine. Not all of them today.....but baby steps. The trainers at Fitness Togeher can help you prioritize your goals and design an comphrensive fitness program specifically for you to include everything you are forgetting to remember. Today is the day!