By David Craggs, Exercise Scientist.
“I’m Not Exercising. I’m Improving My Life”
Working in the field of exercise assessment, programming, and application I have noticed a few things over the last 7 years.
In particular the motivation behind why we as human beings choose to exercise.
For some of us exercise is a passion, an addiction so it comes quite easily. Then there are the rest of us (me included) and exercise does not come naturally at all.
We know it’s good for us blah blah blah but we still seem to struggle to participate in some form of exercise on a regular basis.
Lets quickly review why most of us exercise and shed light on some reasons why we should exercise. Potentially you may not be aware of these reasons.
Personally, I have run more than 7,000 one on one training sessions, to more than 200 individuals.
Each of these individuals are screened at the beginning of their training with the question “why are you here?” an overwhelming percentage of these 200 individuals replied, “to lose weight and tone up” or “I want to look better and feel better”.
These are valid feelings and desires and yes exercise will help you reach these goals.
However let’s talk about what else can happen from participating in regular exercise.
- Increased level of fitness, strength, flexibility, balance, and perceived quality of life.
- Lack of physical activity due to a widespread sedentary lifestyle contributes to some of the most prevalent diseases of modern civilization, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and depression. Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with many of these chronic diseases.
- Resistance training improves metabolic homeostasis (Your bodies energy intake/output).
- Physical exercise is an effective treatment for depression.
- Other areas exercise is known to be beneficial include, postural and biomechanical function, circulatory health, neuromuscular function, and quality of sleep.
So, next time you think to yourself “I want to lose some weight I should do some exercise”
Try thinking instead
“I want to exercise because it will help reduce my risk of major disease such as diabetes and heart disease. It will improve my quality of life and reduce or minimize the effects of depression/anxiety. It will increase my physical strength and aerobic endurance, and help me build greater friendships along the way.”
That’s a bit of a mouthful, but you get the idea. Exercise to improve your life, not just to change how you look.
By changing the way you think about exercise you may find greater motivation to start to exercise and more importantly KEEP exercising.
Which in return will help you achieve the original goal of looking and feeling better.
“Exercise should be about human performance, when you believe this your desired image will come” Somebody Intelligent said that.
David is the founder of LifeStyle93 Fitness Management located in Noarlunga.
He has a keen interest in biomechanics and improving human movement patterns. David uses Olympic lifting exercise along with others, to develop holistic goals & specific training programs for his clients. He has a degree in exercise and sports science.
Contact David T. 0432225807 E. firstname.lastname@example.org