Healthy Habits for Getting Back to School
First, lets take a look at what all these health related, exercise-y words mean...
Health- A state of being with freedom from disease and illness that also includes a positive component (wellness) that is associated with a quality of life and positive well-being.
Physical Activity- Any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy.
Exercise- Planned physical activity geared toward achieving or maintaining fitness.
Fitness- An improved physiological state that leads to improved health and longevity.
For optimal health, we want to incorporate EXERCISE in to our daily lives to improve FITNESS. Physical activity is very important to get, but it's exercise that is going to benefit us the most.
Tips for Getting Exercise During the School Year
DEDICATE TIME- Exercise is medicine. Of course, taking a pill for an illness is a lot easier but you wouldn’t skip a dose if it was going to compromise your health. When students go back to school, time is limited with the increased work load. However, truly understanding the benefits of exercise will make you never want to miss a dose.
I get it, there is sometimes just NO TIME! Even as a personal trainer I find myself skipping exercise because I'm so busy with other commitments or I'm just too tired from my daily tasks. There is no trick, no magical answer. You have to make exercise a priority!
Things that did help me - Sign up for group fitness classes or personal training. You almost get guilted into exercise which in the bigger picture is not a bad thing. And you don't want to let that money go to waste that you just spent on that 10 session package!
MAKE IT FUN- It’s not rocket science that you’re more likely to stick with something you enjoy. If you don't enjoy yoga, don't do it no matter how many studies support how great it is. There are tons of options out there! Kickboxing, Pilates, running, bike riding, various sports leagues, boot camps, 5k races or other obstacle runs, hiking, swimming, track workouts, and yes, yoga too.
CHALLENGE THE BRAIN- Not only make your body work but make your brain work as well. Tons of studies show how regular exercise increases brain activity. Adding brain challenges into exercise is a win-win!
For more tips and information feel free to contact Teresa Gleason at StrongLikeBullTraining@gmail.com