It’s quite hard when I look at the level of fitness in today’s world and in particular in the United States. Now, for me to talk about getting really fit is another challenge indeed. Recently, statistics have shown that out of the 17-24 year-old population here in the U.S., only about 25% of them are fit enough to qualify for the military. This sure is something that is lousy for our national security, isn’t it?
Now, having served in the Marines and the Los Angeles Police Department, I can attest that to survive and thrive, one should be fitter at much higher level than the average person. Today, that’s not saying much. As more and more people become sedentary, not only will they suffer, but our society as a whole will too. I’m a big believer in systems. Everything is interconnected in some way. What affects one part of the system, affects the rest.
In each person, we have our own systems. What you do to one part will affect the rest. Eat wrong and guess what happens, you may get fat or fatter. An organ may get affected, which in turns affects another part of the body and so forth. Heck, even your thoughts affect your body systems. Everything you do, positive or negative, affects everything else in some way.
Now, if you’re going to get fit, you have got to change how you look at your body and the way it operates. We are designed to move and function in many physical areas. Our bodies were not designed to sit all day. When you do that, your body is affected. Not only will you get fatter from sitting too much, your gluteus will get weak and the muscles known as sartorius will get tighter. So what you say. Well, here’s what happens to your back when that happens…PAIN!!! Both areas are part of your core strength. When you have an imbalance like that, your lower back gets pulled on by your sartorius muscle. Your gluteus muscles will be too weak to counterbalance it.
So I say, get off your duff and start to huff and puff with exercise. Do some squats from your chair. Gradual increases each day will help you to ultimately reach a high level. If you’re a newbie to exercising or haven’t been at it for a long time, then I would suggest starting off slow. Oh yes, get a physical checkup from your doctor. You can begin with walking 10,000 steps and work your way up to 15,000. If you can only do 5,000, then start there. Each day challenge yourself to go a little bit further. Get a pedometer to count your steps.
Once you reach 15,000 steps, go back to 10,000 and increase the pace of your steps. Do that until you reach 15,000 again. Then go even faster at 10,000. Keep doing this until you are able to run. From there, do half your of your workout with running and the other half walking. Get yourself to go at it a mile or two and soon you’ll be on your way to getting really fit.
In Part 2 things will start to ramp up fast…
Bob Choat is a peak performance coach, professional speaker and co-owner of Optimal Life Seminars along with Dr. Lori Shemek, Ph.D.
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