This is the second in a series of articles about improving and maintaining mens health. In the first article I discussed the attitude and three keys to getting fit and living a healthy lifestyle. In this article I’m writing about how important it is to be active. Physical activity speeds up our metabolism, which in turn burns calories helps us get to and/or maintain healthy weight. Maintaining your weight will help prevent a multitude of health problems. Physical activity can also affect your moods. The key to physical activity is being active in an activity that you enjoy to improve and maintain your health.
Being active helps cleanse our systems of toxins that affect us physically, spiritually, and mentally. Youve heard the old axiom, you look good, you feel good, you feel good you do good. Regular exercise helps builds strength, stamina, and relieves the tension of daily stress. Todays driven lifestyles can make us tense and edgy and exercise can help take the edge off.
When it comes to living an active lifestyle, the earlier you get started the better. Although this is an article about mens health, its important to be active from a very early age. This can help you set a good fitness foundation for later in life. It’s too late for many us to do this now but we may be able to help our children or grandchildren to begin living in a way that leads to good health as adults. Establishing active lifestyle habits at an early age creates a norm that makes it easier to remain active as adults.
For years, schools all over the United States participated in the Presidents Physical Fitness Program. This program set exercise goals for the nations school children to strive for. Unfortunately, video games andthe Internet have become more appealing to many young people than being physically fit. First Lady, Michele Obama recognized this problem and began working to do something about it.
A Press Release from the Office of the first Lady, dated February 2010, is titled First Lady Michelle Obama Launches Let’s Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids.The Press Release goes on to say, First Lady Michelle Obama today announced an ambitious national goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight and unveiled a nationwide campaign Lets Moveto help achieve it. Notice the goal of the Lets Moveinitiative of helping children born today reach adulthood at a healthy weight.
Although many of us are already adults, its not too late to get active. There are so many ways to be active that almost everyone can find a physical activity that they like. This is important because the more you like your choice of exercise the more likely youll be to do it consistently. Its important to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Remember that Rome wasnt built in a day and neither will you be. So start slowly and work your way up to a more rigorous workout. So lets be active, lets move to improve and maintain your health.
Previous Articles in the Series
Keys to Improving and Maintaining Men’s Health