Fitness is about more than just a six-pack

All too often health and fitness are shown to us in films, TV, and articles as bulging muscles and toned waistlines.  We are led to believe that the goal of fitness is to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible to the opposite sex.  Sure, this can be a part of it depending on what your goals are, but there is so much more that is important about being physically fit.  Here are some of the reasons why you might want to think about getting a little healthier if you have let your fitness fall in your priority list over the years.

1: To keep up with your kids.

fitness benefits other than losing weightAre you the parent who is always putting off joining in with your kids when they want to play rugby or netball down at the local park/school?  Is there always some pain which prevents you from taking them on walks through the bush or along the beach?  Is just the thought of going rockclimbing making your back hurt a little?  Getting a bit fitter and stronger may help with a few of these little niggles.  It isn't always a miracle cure, but there really is no downside to being fitter and stronger.

2: Staying injury/illness free.

Studies have frequently shown that being physically active helps to prevent chronic illness.  Being physically stronger as we age also helps in fall prevention as well.  As I mentioned in a previous blog post that we pay for health, either now with training and gym memberships or later in life with doctors visits and hospital stays.  The choice is ours really.

3. Staying active for longer.

Not only does being healthy and fit keep us out of the hospital as we get a little older, but it also helps us enjoy our hobbies for longer too.  How often have you heard someone say "oh I used to play football, but I can't play now 'cos I'm too old".  Age doesn't have a whole lot to do with it most times (I've heard it from people as young as their mid 30's), it is usually that their bodies are not in shape enough to handle the rigours of the sport any more.  Don't you deserve to do things that are enjoyable to you?  Why should you give up your hobbies at a young age when you don't have to?

These are just a few of the reasons why health and fitness are more important than just having bulging muscles and the ability to run endless kilometres in a day.  Getting just a little bit stronger, just a little more fit, can give you the ability to enjoy life more fully for much longer than just letting your health slip away and accepting that it's the way life goes.  

If you would like some help getting your health and fitness back, then get in touch with me through my website and let's sit down and discuss how I can help you reach your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be.

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