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Is Exercise Really Necessary?

Are you wondering if exercise is really necessary?

Did you know that regular exercise boosts brain power, reduces heart disease risk, and lowers cholesterol levels? According to researchers, just one and half hours of physical activity per week can decrease your risk of premature death by over 20 percent, and the risk of diabetes by 39 percent.

An active lifestyle is the key to optimal health. Yet, its benefits are often overlooked.

Why Is Physical Activity Important?

Health experts recommend at least one hour and 15 minutes of intense physical activity each week, two and a half hours of steady state cardio, or a combination of both. More than 80 percent of Americans fail to meet these requirements. Less than five percent engage in 30 minutes of exercise daily.

Only one out of three children is physically active each day. Most kids spend over eight hours a day on front of the TV or the computer.

These numbers may seem shocking, but they reflect the truth. Obesity rates are on the rise mainly because of poor nutrition and lack of exercise. A sedentary lifestyle can increase your risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis.

While it’s true that you can get away without exercise, this may affect your health in the long run. Not only you’ll gain weight and lose muscle mass, but also experience memory decline, high cholesterol, decreased range of motion, joint stiffness, and depression.

Regular exercise helps maintain a normal weight, prevents cardiac events, and wards off chronic diseases. It also stimulates the release of feel-good chemicals in your brain, which lifts your mood and improves mental health. Physically active people have a lower risk of breast, colon, endometrial, and lung cancer than those with a sedentary lifestyle.

They also live longer, have stronger bones, and find it easier to stay slim.

What Really Counts as Exercise?

Most people associate exercise with long cardio sessions, jogging, or strength training. Some hate these activities, or simply don’t have access to a gym. Others are too busy to commit themselves to a regular workout plan.

Is Exercise really necessary Yes, but the good news is that you don’t need a gym membership to stay active.realistic fitness goals

With a little planning, you can exercise anytime, anywhere.

Sports activities, such as hiking, swimming, baseball, soccer, tennis, and horseback riding, count as exercise. Push-ups, pull-ups, squats, burpees, jumping jacks, lunges and other body weight moves can replace most gym workouts.

If you don’t have a treadmill, go jogging or walk at a faster pace. Ride your bike around the house instead of using a stationary bike. If you really want to exercise, you’ll find a way to do it.

Regardless of what type of exercise you do, always watch your form.

Prevent injuries. If you lift weights, increase the load gradually. Ask a trainer for advice. Get enough rest and avoid training the same muscle group more than once in 36 hours. When you do cardio, stick to 30-40 minutes of exercise per session. Remember to eat well so that your body receives the nutrients needed for muscle growth and repair. If your goal is to lose weight, maintain a high protein intake and adjust your carbs along the way.

To your health!



No Time For Weight Loss?-The Myth Of Time

The Myth Of No Time For Weight Loss

Like most busy people, I imagine you have NO time for weight loss programs. It does require time and energy.

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I’d bet your schedule is already tight and stressful, and your life is hectic enough..ugh!

When I write about  time and specially lack of,  I am always reminded of a favorite marketing guru, Sean D’Souza on his approach to writing and how we  never  have  “enough  time”  for what we want to do.

He talks about how when we have no ability to accomplish something, we simply say we have NO time because we would be embarrassed to admit the truth.

 “When people have no ability they go around saying they have no time”, he says.

He refers to the lack of ability to prioritize, delegate or do whatever we need to do to accomplish our goals, whatever they are.

In other words, we need to learn to eat the elephant one bite at a time.

Starting a weight loss program it’s no different, plus let’s face it…if it’s going to work,  more than ability,  it requires effort and persistence, and guts, and desire, and…You get my point.

Let’s examine some typical objections:

Unproductive activities

  • Time spent waiting in line buying and eating fast food
  • Time spent sitting in front of the television
  • Time spent browsing the Internet aimlessly
  • Time spent hunting for misplaced things you need

That is A LOT of  time spent being overweight and unhealthy!

Weight Loss ChecklistDon’t you think any of those activities could be changed?

Sure you do.

  • It takes just as much time to prepare an unhealthy meal as it does to prepare a healthy meal.
  • It takes just as much time to sit on the sofa and watch TV as it does to get outside and take a walk.
  • It takes just as much time to order a grilled chicken salad as it does to order a couple of burgers and an order of fries.

Saying you have NO time for weight loss is really your inability to take healthier actions – that won’t change anything in your life.

If a little dose of self-tough –love it’s what you need…well, maybe it’s about time!

OK-so you’re done with your priorities…

…Now,  how do you go about sticking to them?

Understand your trade-offs.

That’s right.

Something’s got to give, and it’s up to you to decide what unproductive activities you must give up in exchange for the future PRIZE.

So you learn what it takes and apply it.

If you fail you start again, but you keep going until it becomes second nature…and then, wow!

You made it!

We all have the same 24 hours each day.

It’s how much of that time we allocate to important (real or perceived) stuff that matters, and in this case saying we have no time for weight loss, is like saying we are not important.

To Your Health!


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Have you finally made a conscious determination to start and stick to a weight loss program but don’t know where to begin?

You are not alone.

With so much contradicting information regarding diets, and exercise programs – many times misleading – it’s easy to get frustrated, confused and unmotivated.

Influenced by the daily flush of media ads promising quick, miraculous results, people find themselves so overwhelmed that they end up doing nothing “for now,” oftentimes aggravating the problem.

Fact is, it can be quite easy to fall for these gimmicks.

The illusion of a healthier, younger, stronger and slimmer body within a few weeks or even days can be so alluring it’s hard not to cave in and start on the wrong diet plan or regimen.

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