Summer is rapidly approaching. For many of us, we have forgotten about that New Year’s resolution commitment made way back in early January about weight loss. Then we have those faithful few who stood firm to become a healthier version of themselves. But, we all know how easy it is to gain weight. All you have to do is consistently eat unhealthy foods, live an inactive lifestyle, and congratulations you have just earned yourself a life pass straight to the doctor’s office. Now, let's face it. As unpleasant as this sound, we can all benefit from a daily dose of cardiovascular activity. So, before we find out about the ugly side of fitness, let's consider these interesting facts.
* Becoming overweight can lead to obesity America has the highest rate of unhealthy adults in the world
* A BMI over 25 is considered harmful to your health
Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly popular with young adults
* According to the CDC, New Jersey has a 23.7 percent obesity rate among adults since 2011
So, what's the dark side of fitness....
5. Hate Exercise: Some of us cannot bear the thought of improving our cardiovascular system, endurance, and physical strength. The truth is exercise is hard. No one said it would be easy. Yes, there will be sweat, muscle spasms, and soreness. Sometimes you will break down and cry, but the benefits are worth all the hard work. Through exercise you will gain muscle strength, a healthier complexion, a better mood, stronger bones, and best of all, weight loss.
4. Not Motivated: Laziness is becoming the new form of fitness these days. First, being lazy is a habit. It's something that you choose to do.
According to Janesheeba.com, there are three causes and effects to laziness. The first is procrastination.
Prolonging any fitness goal will result in not propelling forward to achieve that goal.
The second is making excuses. If you begin to make excuses or complain about exercise, then once again you delay your chances to becoming healthier.
Lastly, the comfort zone; this zone can become very dangerous because you begin to accept the unhealthier version of yourself.
However, there are ways to counteract being unproductive and find the motivation to work out.
You can grab a friend and take a walk in the park, find an activity that doesn't feel like exercising, or find motivational quotes to jumpstart your
3. Physical Condition: That excuse is for the birds. Unless you have a real physical condition that prevents you from becoming active, there is no reason why you can't engage in a low impact activity like walking, riding a bike, or swimming. Low impact activity has a lower impact on the joints thus preventing additional wear and tear on the body.
Now for those who can handle a little bit of a challenge, there are some hard-hitting exercises like high intensity interval training (HIIT), circuit training, and plyometric training that will definitely get your heart rate pumping.
2.Bad Habits: The expression is bad habits are hard to break. As accurate as this may sound, it can be done.
It is generally stated that it takes about a month to a month in a half to break a habit or start one.
To be successful, you must be determined and have will power. Self-control is the ability to restrain oneself from temptation. In this case, whatever that is luring you to indulge in your guilty pleasures; you must find it in yourself to just say no.
1. Boring: Okay, perhaps you've been working on your fitness, but find yourself not fully engaged during the workout, yawing after every bicep curl, or phoning in jumping jacks, try switching your routine.
You can trade in the gym for an aerobics class, take a kickboxing class rather than a jog in the park, or even switch up weight training for calisthenics. These are good alternatives to any boring routine if you are looking for more excitement during your workouts.
Based on the information provided, we have two choices: We can blame America for being the land of plenty, or we can take a look in the mirror and take ownership for mistreating the body that God has given us.
The Bible clearly states in Philippians 3:19 that their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is their shame, with minds set on earthly things. Take a real good look at your lifestyle. Ask yourself if you are as healthy as can be?
If the answer is no, make subtle changes that can help you reach your fitness goals. Becoming healthy and physical fit is a lifestyle and a life-long journey. The road is long, but asking God, your greatest supporter, to help you commit to these changes so you can transform your life.