Why Exercise Is Cool – Quality of Life and Independence!
Have you ever considered why exercise is cool or do you tell yourself that you don’t enjoy it? Today I want to share why exercise is cool and how exercise improves quality of life and independence! A few days ago I wrote about the health benefits of exercise if you want to get a refresher!
Here is what I mean. Exercise has been a part of the human experience since the beginning of time. As hunter and gatherers exercise was a part of survival. Squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, walking, jogging and full out running were a part of everyday life if these people wanted to survive. Today as humans in our modern, hectic life we must do the same basic movement patterns for our survival however because of our lack of practice or daily exercise in these natural movements life has become a challenge for many. We are living in a time of Diseases of aging, weight issues, health issues, lack of energy, stiff, painful bodies that are not allowing us to live life the way it was meant to be lived.
Below are some examples of how we perform these basics movements in modern time:
Squat – Each time we sit or go to the washroom we squat. Now I have seen first hand what happens, how challenging life is when this very simple activity can not be performed! Quality of life is reduced. Independence for that individual is no longer.
Lunge – When a person is not able to lunge a fall can happen resulting in broken bones, mostly hips. Now I know you are thinking falling is for old people. Not true today. The lunge is also a big movement in sports.
Push – We push each time we are in the grocery store, push a baby stroller for example. What happens if someone stops quickly in front of your cart in the store or hit a bump with the stroller. Injury can be the result.
Pull – We pull in many household activities in again in sports. The vacuum, the stroller for example.
Bending – Bending is a everyday event. Picking up the kids, the groceries, packages. You name it we bend to do it. If bending is not done properly again injury can happen.
Twisting – Twisting is a part of many other movements and if we are not able to incorporate it this is when injury occurs. It seems that most injuries happen when twisting and bending are combined.
Walking, Jogging, Running – If we lack balance the movements of walking can result in falls which result in injury. Today we know that less people jog, and even less today would run or sprint. All of which require balance. Again so vital for quality of life and independence.
Why exercise is cool example workout!
So how do we practice these movements? By creating a plan, and doing it everyday. The fitness plan can be as simple as learning these basics movements for example: Do this program for 3 sets, timed 40 seconds, 30 seconds, 20 seconds (explained in video) Get Shawna’s Female Fat Loss Over 40 Program HERE
- Push ups 40 seconds – Spider crawl 30 seconds – Mountain climber 20 seconds
- Lunge (weak leg first) 40 seconds – Lunge slide 30 seconds – Squat jumps 20 seconds
- Inverted row ( can use the dining room table) 40 seconds – can include stick ups 30 seconds
- Burpees 30 seconds, Lateral lunges 20 seconds
So why exercise is cool is because of our quality of life is improved through daily practice. Independence can be achieved through the practice of these movements on a day to day basis.
This is what I teach my clients. Exercise is about the immediate benefits discussed in my previous post, better thinking, better digestion, reduced stress, healthier cardiovascular system, better sleep to name a few.
Yet more importantly than those amazing benefits that for most would be enough to develop an exercise plan is the long term benefits of quality of life and independence.
For me this topic is of very personal importance. I watched my mother at a young age (early 50’s) begin to struggle with all these movements. As she was not able to do these movements her quality of life and her independence was affected.
This is why exercise is cool for me. Quality of life and independence.
Your turn! Do you have a why exercise is cool in your life? Share your style of exercise that is helping you create a long term plan for quality of life and independence?
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Let today be your day! Talk soon,