In over 25 years of working in the health and fitness industry I have seen many things come and go when it comes to programs, facilities as well as clients. One of the observations I have is that so many people start and stop fitness or wellness programs.
My head immediately goes to why do people start and stop programs?What are the costs of starting and stopping programs? Who do these costs affect over time? Are we talking about an expense or an investment? I think it is easier for people to think of making an investment in the beginning. Results can after all come quickly at first, and the apparent value in what you are doing seems high! But, over time I see individuals lose sight of the value investing in health and fitness. This is even more apparent for some once they achieve a goal of weight loss, or are happier about how they feel in their own skin. I think even for people that are good at financially investing it becomes tempting to go on that extra vacation or buy the dream car as you get more financially comfortable. This can lead to a slippery slope. The difference between your finances and your fitness is you see it in your statement each month. Your fund does not grow as much. Or, maybe it decreases in value.
When you divest in exercise and stop exercising (which should be 4 days per week) a loss of muscle mass and bone density starts after two weeks time and much can be lost just as if you made a poor investment and lost everything two we
So, is this a cost or is it a divestment of hard work and dedication when you stop exercising?
Exercise is the strongest most effective medicine ever created. A number of years ago a major study concluded that the power of exercise was so significant. So significant in fact that the study showed that many people could smoke while also being active exercising and have a better mortality rates (i.e. live longer) than those that did not exercise and did not smoke. A pretty powerful statement I would say. Investing your time in physical exercise that benefits all the systems of your body is the best way to stay healthy, strong and vibrant! There is not a better investment of time, energy and your finances.
Are you a investor\divestor in your health & fitness?
It is pretty clear that if you are not exercising 4 days per week you may be divesting in your fitness level. By divesting you are not only losing ground fitness wise, but your risks for other chronic diseases exponentially increases. Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, certain forms of cancer, COPD, etc and all looming and on top of that you may not look the same in your swim suit!
Just like we need to be smart about where we put our money and investments, you also need to be smart about the use of your time and be sure to leave time to invest time into YOU! Is there a guarantee that if you do ugly things will never happen? Absolutely not. However, your odds will be much better with keeping exercise part of your life!
By investing 4 days per week in strength training and metabolic exercise that is effectively designed you can accomplish great things such as:
- Improved resting heart rate
- Improved vascular health
- Decreased sense of breathlessness
- Stronger respiratory muscles
- A leaner body
- Improved strength for daily tasks
- Improved bone density
- Improve or maintain mobility
- Greater sense of confidence
- Healthy metabolism and blood chemistry
Tips to keep growing your health and fitness investments:
- Engage weekly with your fitness facility
- Find a facility with a healthy culture that promotes improvement and encourages each other
- Determine your detractors. Make a list of things that pull you away from regular exercise. Either manage them so that they do not pull you away or get them out of your life.
- Work to make your active lifestyle fun. Go with friends, make new friends and appreciate those around you on a similar journey!
- Love yourself enough to place a portion of your day\week as a priority just for the most important asset you have.. (YOU).
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