What could be worse for our well-being than not doing any kind of physical activity?
Probably do it wrong....
Let’s start from the assumption that we are not all born to do marathons or endurance races like "ironman" then the first consideration that has to be made before venturing into any sport discipline, is what type of exercise best suits us and our actual physical “shape”.
With several pounds more than our weight form, when trying to recover our physical fitness to decide to go jogging every evening for 90 minutes is not the most suitable choice, our knees and our back if asked would not agree...
We have always to consider that a wellness program starts from a healthy diet developed on our predispositions, our tastes and our lifestyle so, once again, combining homemade or "hungry" food programs with Olympic exercise only leads to stress unnecessarily on our body and our metabolism.
We have to be aware that in a slimming program the exercise aspect helps for a 20-30% not anymore.
To continue to eat “random” even if combined with the best fat burning exercise does not lead to anything: many people after weeks spent training have not lost weight, and in cases that they have lost it is more in liquids than fat mass.
Before starting any sport activity it is always recommended to do a medical examination in order to check our state of health to avoid future problems: if 20 years ago we were a skilled footballer or good tennis player remember that it was 20 years ago.
Time unfortunately is not a friend of health and basing our recovery in form in a program on past splendors is not a wise approach.
To support well-being 150 minutes per week of aerobic activity are enough; however it’s totally useless to do everything on the weekend and you should try to distribute these 150 minutes on seven days.(20 per day)
Often on Sundays you see on the streets "cyclists" who would like to be a Tour de France participant, weighted in pedaling, body and spirit, “veterans” of a 80 miles tour then after that from Monday to Saturday the only sport practiced was the “fridge door opening” convincing themselves that a single exhausting weekly session resolves the "problem" weight/ well-being.
It would be enough to look at our profile in the mirror to verify that this is not so.
Twenty minutes a day, a little less or more, can be found and it is a small sacrifice that our health will appreciate.
If we combine this manageable physical activity with an adequate food plan, based on a preventive medical investigation and not on the diet downloaded from the internet, our silhouette will join the applause of health and we will find ourselves enjoying a new optimal sense of wellbeing.
In conclusion: "do it yourself" as it is a cheap choice does not always bring positive results, so we do less but do it better. Don’t work harder work smarter!
No drastic and dramatic choices, no low-calorie diets, no exhausting gym session at 9 pm because we don’t have time before: let’s wake up half an hour before, take your breakfast at home, let’s get used to having healthy snacks, eating healthily and taking care of ourselves and our silver years will be better because we have invested a little but consistently.
Little but on a regular basis is the best formula that ensures lasting results without stress.
Andy Taylor & Dr.Fabrizio Reggiani