Health Fitness Guide Thoughts, The Foundation For All Health And Fitness Achievement

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve” – W. Clement Stone

Like any learned skill, there are certain basics that must be mastered first. The very bedrock upon which all health and fitness achievement rests are thoughts. Everything man-made in the world or any action you’ve taken in the past all started with a thought. There is not one man-made object or goal that didn’t start as a thought in someone’s head that was then made into reality. Your toaster, your TV, your automobile, your desire for better health.

A single thought ultimately transformed into physical reality.

In order to achieve any health or fitness goal you must start with this basic concept; thoughts are things. Thoughts are the foundation upon which you build the framework for attainment of your goal. Every thought has a physical manifestation in our bodies; every thought produces physical substances called neuro-transmitting enzymes that have instant effects on how we feel and who we are at the cellular level.

Don’t believe me? Think of biting into a big, juicy lemon or think about fingernails slowly running down a chalk board and tell me you didn’t have an immediate, physical response.

Or how about a thought that changed the world?

Every day, thousands of times a day, all over the world people fly from destination to destination. It’s amazing that a person can step into a device that lifts them off the ground and flies through the air at great speed sometimes over great distances safely carrying them to their destination in a matter of minutes or hours! Only a bit over a hundred years ago that would have been considered impossible or a miracle. Yet it happens every day today and it started with a thought in someone’s head that man could fly. On December 17th, 1903 the thought that man had had for generations to fly, became reality.

That is the power of thoughts!

If you can have that kind of immediate response from such a simple thought, just imagine what you can accomplish with a focused, burning desire backed by faith and persistence!

Life isn’t fair or normal, there’s just life. But that should be a comforting thought. If life were fair all things would be equal and all people would be equal. The logical conclusion is that there could be no social movement up or down, no bettering of yourself nor worsening, no getting healthier, just stagnation. Because life isn’t fair it means you have the ability to control whether you improve your life or make it worse but at least you have the ability to make change.

What about external influences which you have no control over? Say your significant other is killed in a car accident or you become paraplegic in a skiing accident. The list could go on and on. But there is one thing you have total control over.

Viktor E. Frankl, a concentration camp survivor, put it best in his book “Man’s Search for Meaning,”

“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose ones attitudes in any given circumstance.”

The only absolute freedom you have is choosing how you react to life. And how you choose starts with a thought.

Who you are right now is the sum total of what you’ve thought about up to this moment. If you’re not satisfied with who you are right now, the good news is who you will be from now on is entirely up to you. Change your thoughts and you can start changing yourself. If you want to lose weight or be more fit, it all starts with a thought.

Using A Gym To Keep Fit And Healthy

A good way to help build a healthier lifestyle is to join a gym. Membership can range from anything from 20 per month and upwards, depending on the quality of the facilities and the intended usage. Most fitness centres have dedicated staff on hand to build a programme centred on your individual needs, and help you to carry out the activities they suggest. Some will even fix you up with a nutritional plan to go alongside the physical activity. It is very important to get into a routine when using the gym, as many people find it very difficult to keep to their schedule, which can have an adverse affect on the progress you make with your programme. Once the gym has become a part of your daily/weekly routine, it will become almost a way of life, and a chance to enjoy yourself rather than a chore.

There are more benefits of regularly using a gym than just improved health and fitness; the feel good factor. If you are fit and healthy, with a high level of cardiovascular efficiency, then you will begin to feel better about yourself inside as a person, as well as the physical attributes that develop. The better you feel about yourself, the better you look, and this natural confidence can have an effect on members of the opposite sex as well; if you are confident about yourself, others will take notice. There are visible differences, such as a toned body, and healthy looking skin which will become more noticeable the more you exercise and work hard, and these are all attractive qualities which can be developed further still.

A healthy lifestyle not only helps you to feel and look good, but it provides you with a better quality of life, and the ability to enjoy activities that normally you may not consider, for example joining a sports club/team. It is all too easy to slip into a routine that does not incorporate the gym, or any other form of exercise, but the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle cannot be stressed enough; there is proven evidence linking regular exercise to the reduction of blood pressure, reduction of body fat, lesser chance of heart attacks/disease, immune system boosts, lower levels of cholesterol and of course, exercise is great way to relieve stress and this lessens the chance of mood swings and depression.

The reason many people choose to use the gym as a way to exercise is because it is convenient; you can do a 5 mile run without moving from the building, you can simulate many types of physical activity from stair climbing and cycling to rowing and lifting. You can then simply shower, get dressed and get on with your daily life without too much of a disruption. This is why the gym is such a popular option for people who work all day and can go in their lunch break, because on top of exercising you can blow off steam and return to work feeling fresh and invigorated.

Fit For Life: A Healthy Lifestyle – Start Walking

More than 50% of all Americans are overweight or obese. These are conditions that contribute to the risks of chronic health conditions. These conditions include high blood pressure, diabetes and coronary heart disease. America’s increasing lack of physical activity has helped make this problem a weighty issue.

There is good news. You can start to do something to put physical activity back into your day. It can begin with something as simple as a walk around the block.

If you are looking for the gold standard of exercises walking is it. It uses nearly 200 muscles, it is safe, inexpensive and it is a fun activity that just about anyone can do.

The benefits of walking include:

* Helps you lose weight and keep the weight off
* Increases your energy level
* It is a great time to be with a companion or to be alone – your choice
* Reduce your level of stress
* Increases your cardio fitness
* Enables you to maintain your current weight
* Reduces your risk of developing serious health problems
* Allows you the opportunity to achieve a more restful sleep
* Tones your muscles
* Makes you feel great!

Tips To Get Started

Going from doing nothing to starting a walking regime can feel overwhelming. It does not need to be so if you start with some simple techniques. While they may appear basic remember that most folks simply do not participate in any of the following suggestions.

When safe and available use the stairs versus the elevator or escalator. Walking and stair climbing, a fantastic combination.

Take a walk during your lunch hour.

Make your dog happy – take Fido for a walk. No dog? Walk the neighbors dog. You’ll both benefit.

Don’t grab the best space in the parking lot, grab the one farthest from the door then walk. A side benefit of this strategy is less door dings as you will likely have plenty of room to park!

Incorporate a walk into a business discussion. Fresh air may inspire fresh ideas.

March around the room while on the phone, or a least pace.

Walk in place while you are watching TV.

Eat a healthy dinner and then skip the couch. Head out the door for a walk.

Are you a bus or subway commuter? Get off one stop early and walk the rest of the way.

Great family activity: plan a hike or physical outdoor games with your family.

Walk to consult with colleagues in the office versus calling or email.

So plan a walking schedule that includes 30-60 minutes of movement per day to achieve health benefits. Set goals, write those goals down and get moving. Start walking slowly with a 3-5 minute warm-up and then build speed and distance as you feel more comfortable. End each walking session with a 2-3 minute cool-down of slow walking. This cool down allows for your heart rate and blood pressure to gradually return to normal. After your walk is a great time to do some light stretching.

Always check with your doctor before any new physical activity program.

Get moving America – there’s no better day to start than today!