With 9am-5pm office jobs which require us to simply click noise buttons and tap on keyboards, more and more people these days are becoming sedentary and sadly, this is fast becoming the norm, in today’s highly connected world where everything is easily accessible.
We are meant to move
But the human body is not meant to be sedentary. The body is meant to move. After all, human beings started out as cavemen, hunters and gatherers, fighting for their survival and relying on their instincts to stay alive.
Sadly though, the rapid development of technology has changed all that, and we, as humans, no longer need movement as a means to stay alive, because everything is now available to us so easily.
You can change that though, by changing your mindset and re-thinking about the reasons why you should move, that might help.
Exercise is a gift, not a chore
Do not think of exercise as a chore. Instead, think of it as a gift that you are able to do.
There are many people out there who would love to run or climb, but for instance, due to physical or mental disabilities or deformities, they are not able to.
Yet you have the ability to move your body every day and you have the power to control your body to do what you want it to do.
And by moving your body, it also exercises the mind, too, for example, when we run, we get a boost of endorphins and over time, regular movement, or exercise, translates into a boost of self-confidence, improvement of muscle tone or weight maintenance.
Choose something you enjoy
When you are picking a type of exercise, make sure that it is one you enjoy. For instance, if you don’t like running, don’t force yourself to run because all of your friends are doing it. There are many other forms of movement out there, such as walking, yoga or dancing.
If the workout happens to be something that you like, you are more likely to stick to it, rather than dragging yourself to do it each time. If it’s the latter, you are more likely to give up on your exercise regime.
Too much of a good thing can turn bad
However too much of a good thing can become bad though. Even if you exercise daily, the moment that you know that something is not right, for example, aches and pains happening in places where they should not be, these are signals that are being sent to your body that something is wrong.
So when this happens, see a doctor or try to dial back on the intensity of your exercise routine, such as taking it easy even though your training schedule says that you are meant to be doing a hard workout session that day.
About the author:
Priscilla Chew is the winner of Best Health & Wellness Blog at the 2015 Singapore Blog Awards. Pris is Astavita’s sports ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her running lifestyle with the help of Astavita’s Sports. She hopes her passion for running and sports will inspire other people to exercise on a regular basis for fitness and health. You may follow her on Instagram: prisgooner