Fitness is a practice of movement designed to increase performance. By dedicating time each day to challenge our body physically, we force our muscles, bones and body to evolve. We force ourselves to adapt and continually improve.

Originally, fitness was proven to increase muscle mass, decrease body fat, lengthen endurance and develop strength. It was viewed as a purely physical practice with results that can be seen through body transformation. But, as research has developed, we’ve started to learn the impact it has on health and the importance of the body-to-brain connection. We’ve learned that movement is critical for us to perform at our best cognitively. Movement increases blood flow throughout the body, increasing nutrient delivery to vital organs like the brain. This helps keep the heart healthy to reduce cardiovascular disease and helps prevent diseases like dementia, stroke and cancer. This also helps our mental health by decreasing stress and increasing our mood. And, it facilitates better sleep which has its own plethora of benefits. We’ve learned that fitness is critical, and we absolutely need to allocate time in our day to perform this physical practice.

This practice of daily fitness has brought a number of benefits into my life and many others. To name a few:

  • Decrease Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke and Cancer
  • Increase Strength, Stamina and Stability
  • Improve Mood and Decreased Stress
  • Aid Sleep and Cognitive Health
  • Increase Bone Strength

If you’d like to begin your journey to complete fitness, here are the 3 steps I recommend.

While this 3-step guide may seem obvious and easy to implement, it’s far from it. To make changes in your life, it requires a significant portion of time to educate yourself, develop a personalized plan, implement the changes and retrain your habits. Despite the process being difficult, as with anything, it gets easier with consistent effort over an extended period of time. Try focusing on one step of this guide for a month. Monitor and manage your progress each week. And then once you’ve got a good handle on it, move on to the next step. Because…

Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.

John Maxwell – The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
Additional Resources
  • Fitness Tests by Age – Can You Complete Them?
    This article provides a few fitness tests you can perform based on your age. By completing the tests within your age category, you’re much less likely to die or suffer from disease in the near future compared to those who can’t complete these tests.
  • How Yoga Can Aid in Recovery (Step 3)
    Yoga can be a great recovery alternative to joint mobility and stretching. Plus, yoga is a form of meditation that can have great cognitive benefits. Learn more about how yoga can be integrated into your recovery routine.
  • Exercises to Avoid a Sedentary Lifestyle
    If you find yourself cooped up all day with little opportunity for movement, here’s a list of exercises you can perform each hour. These exercises will stimulate blood flow and nutrient delivery while helping you develop strength, cardio, flexibility, mobility and stability.