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There are all kinds of fitness fads and fitness practices available today. Many people form their fitness knowledge based on the teachings of an individual expert or guru. This can be very helpful in forming a core fitness philosophy; however, there are many truths surrounding fitness, and a smattering of general knowledge never hurt anyone. In this article, we will discuss some random fitness facts that are both fun and useful to know. Read on to broaden your fitness knowledge.
Playing in the yard with your kids or grand-kids is fun, but many people put off playtime because they feel it is too indulgent. After all, we should be hard at work doing practical things, right? Well, the fact is vigorous play outdoors burns up calories and keeps you fit just as well as power walking. Aside from that, it has the benefit of strengthening your ties with your friends and loved ones and putting a smile on your face. All-in-all, playtime is fun, productive and vitally important to your health, fitness and well-being.
No pain, no gain, right? Wrong! This is an old-fashioned theory of exercise that left a lot of people injured in the 1980s and 90s, Actually, fitness pursuits should be fun and challenging, but they should not hurt. When you are engaged in active exercise at the appropriate level for you, you should be able to talk, laugh and feel good. If any of those qualities are missing from your fitness routine, you are doing it wrong. For maximum results, dial it back a little bit to a point where you are comfortably challenged.
Lots of people think that doing just a little bit of exercise is a big waste of time. The generally accepted theory is that you have to exercise vigorously at least half an hour every-other day to get any benefits at all. You will be happy to know that this is hogwash. Anything you add to your activity level on a regular basis will make some difference in your overall health and fitness level. For example, while choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator every day will not give you 6-pack abs, it could very well reduce your blood pressure significantly and improve your overall cardiovascular health.
It is never too late to start exercising, and every hour that you spend exercising may pay off in two more hours of life! Even if you are middle aged or elderly, exercising at an appropriate level will help you keep your energy levels up, retain and improve flexibility and mobility and improve your muscle tone and general health. Gentle exercise such as walking, stretching and even slow dancing will improve your health and the quality of your life.
Lifting weights (even little ones) is a great way to keep your body young. After the age of thirty, we start to lose lean muscle as well as bone density. Weight-bearing exercise helps combat the loss of muscle mass and bone mass. Working out with light hand weights while watching TV and/or going for a stroll can help you maintain your youthful figure and keep your skeleton strong.
Many people are afraid to start exercising because they think it will just be too hard or will not really help. Clearly, any level of exercise begun at any time in your life will boost your fitness level and help you enjoy your life more. Combine a positive, can do attitude and a handful of these fitness facts to improve your fitness level today.