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:
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