How to Add Years to Your Life: Fitness Tips That Promote Longevity

The only way to really start losing weight is to move it. The human body was not designed to be sedentary. In fact, everything about us suggests some form of motion. Our arms are rotating with literal ball joints. Our pelvic area is also hinged properly to promote easy movement: forward, backward and sideways.

No magic here

According to Adrian Williams, a certified personal trainer from Greenbelt, Md:

“Everyone’s looking for that magic pill to help them find the fountain of youth. Exercise is definitely it.”

Exercise is just one vital component. To make it work on the long run, you have to follow a few simple routines to make your fitness goals more holistic in the long run.

Doctor, how am I?

When was the last time that you went out of your way to have a general checkup? Even if you feel as strong as an ox, there’s no telling how you really are unless a doctor looks you over.

Early detection of diseases such as various forms of cancer can be gained when you go to the doctor regularly. Early detection and preventive measures are better than actual treatment.

Also, consult with your physician first before embarking on a new diet trend or a new fitness program. Make sure that you hear first what your doctor has to say about your new program before you give it your all. Again, preventive measures are the best.

Hold that fat!

According to Lisa Taylor, owner of Taylor Made Fitness in San Diego:

“Diets that are high in fat, low-fiber, and are lacking real nutritional value. This type of diet promotes obesity, which can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits and vegetables. Decrease your fat, alcohol and soft drink consumption.”

As you can see there’s a big difference between foods that make you feel full and foods that are actually nutritious. Fast food is often packed with fat and excess carbohydrates that make you feel full. But on the micronutrients side, its nothing.

Weight loss- a lifetime effort

Engaging in a new sport, such as badminton, squash tennis, running or swimming can add decades to your life. There is no easy way to lose weight. According to Taylor:

“There’s no quick fix. You didn’t gain the weight overnight, [so] you’re not going to lose it overnight.”

But the good news here is that you won’t have to spend the other half of your life miserable because of flab. After a month or two of regular exercising, you will feel different already. You will feel lighter and more alive.

In addition, the body will begin to detoxify itself since fat tissues are being sloughed off by regular exercise. Here’s something that many folks are not aware of: the body stores toxins in fat tissue.

When you burn away the fat tissue, the body has to dispose of the toxins immediately. The more fat you have, the more toxic chemicals you’re storing in your body. That’s why many people feel weak during fasting periods.

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