Our ability to get stronger and increase our health and fitness is one of the most important aspects our lives, but most of us certainly don’t treat it that way. Unfortunately for us there’s a world of difference between saying you want to be in better shape, and taking small steps each day to help you get to where you want to be in your life. The two huge barriers that stand in our way are increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and a diet that is increasingly brimming with empty calories, as well as high levels of sugars and fats.
According to a 2011 study by the American CDC, fewer than 20% of Americans get the recommended amount of activity each day, and over 25% report no physical activity each day (not even light activities like walking, or golf). Despite the immense popularity of the phrase “I don’t really watch much TV”, a 2012 study revealed that the average American still logs five to eight hours of TV time per week. The prevalence of laptops and tablets may have changed made getting our information and entertainment easier than ever, but instead using the time we save to live our lives we just consume more information. Overload!
According to The Lancet, a British medical journal, physical inactivity contributes to 1 in 1o deaths worldwide. That statistic means that inactivity is on par with obesity and smoking, and the popularity of smoking has been declining with younger generations. Inactivity increases your chances of developing coronary disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers.
With statistics like that it’s not hard to see why so many American’s struggle with their health and fitness. Americans are leading the rest of the developing world in an all out charge toward obesity. In fact, the CDC estimates that over two-thirds of the adult population will be overweight or obese by the year 2015. The ship is off course and it’s going to take a very significant change to correct course.
Besides sedentary lifestyles, the other factor that contributes significantly to the obesity of the western culture is overconsumption. Overconsumption that is rooted in our severe portion distortion. The steak at an average American restaurant is 14 ounces, while a serving size of steak is a mere 3 ounces. That means that the average steak you’re scarfing down for your next night out is over 4 1/2 servings of red meat. All the organic food and tasty protein shake recipes in the world aren’t going to do anything to help you achieve your fitness goals if you eat far more calories than your body can use.
Becoming the healthiest version of yourself doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to start taking deer antler spray or some other ancient Chinese muscle builder, but it does mean that you need to start breaking from your bad habits and embracing the things that make you happy long-term. It’s time to get 2 hours and 30 minutes of activity every week, and it’s time to start eating for fuel and not just fun. It’s time to get stronger, healthier, happier! Looking for a new career? These guys are great at helping you create the perfect resume for your first job as a certified nursing assistant, or your next career move.
Becoming the healthiest version of yourself means exercising your mind too. Whether for you that means refinishing old furniture, reading, or playing an instrument. I recently dusted off the old guitar that I haven’t touched since college and started a rather clumsy attempt of trying to figure out how to play electric guitar again. It’s a little like riding a bike, and it feels great to be off the couch and learning and creating again.
What’s your favorite off the couch activity?
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