So let’s talk passion. No not the passion in the bedroom silly. What is one thing you are passionate about and strongly believe in? Have you ever stopped and truly thought about what is something that you truly are passionate about? Some people are okay with being mediocre and keeping to themselves. Not me. I want to be different. I want to encourage people to be the best they can possibly be. I want others to see for themselves that they CAN physically do things that they never thought possible. It’s not the body you have to convince, it’s the mind.
I am passionate about fitness, exercising and nutrition. Why you might ask? On a daily basis, I see individuals that the majority of them have never took the time to think about their health and wellness. They just kept going either 1) thinking that would never happen to them 2) didn’t know the outcomes that might come to them from actions they chose (i.e. smoking) 3) the knowledge/education wasn’t there or 4) they didn’t choose to try to correct the issue until it became a problem. Because of my job, I feel the need and desire to help others obtain a healthy life BEFORE the problem arises (for example diabetes).
Yes diabetes can be hereditary, but in some cases it can be prevented by proper nutrition, diet and exercise. Why wait til you get diagnosed with it to finally take charge of your life and do something to keep it under control, when you could have done it prior to being diagnosed with it that could possibly have prevented it. See what I’m saying?
We are all about prevention these days, so why shouldn’t our health and nutrition be a part of that?
When it comes to be healthy, it’s not all about your diet. Exercise is a vital component to it as well. A body in motion, stays in motion. The physical therapy motto you could say, and it’s true. Do you know how many times a day I hear “don’t get old'” or “getting old isn’t for the weak?” I can honestly say I hear a phrase similar to this on a daily basis. DAILY people! So what gives? Why does getting old have to be a bad thing? Yes in general getting old,means our bodies are wearing out and things are going to go wrong with it that are beyond our control, but why not take care of it? It gets us around and does all those fun and adventuresome things that you so badly wanted to do in your youth on a daily basis, so why not show it some love and get it out and move those joints. Joints are meant to be in motion, when they aren’t they get stiff.
A couple of years ago I went to a continuing education class that was based on “How to Age Successfully.” I found it very interesting and appealing. It not only talked about the physical aspects of aging, but mentally and spiritually as well. I found it interesting that it was recommended to decrease risk of dementia to have 1-3 drinks daily. Now if you were to go to your doctor and say you had 2 beers a day, they might question you. Now I’m by all means not saying to go out and have 1-3 drinks a day, but I found that tidbit fascinating.
However the part that stuck with me the most was the physical aspect of aging. Most people tend to think that as we get older that the less we should do, when in fact that is not the case. According to the information that I got from that continuing education class, the physical exercise regimen for a 90-year-old is the same as an 18-year-old surprisingly enough. This completely blew my mind, as I can’t fathom the idea of a 90-year-old doing what a 18-year-old does. But then once it was broken down for me, I began to see it on a different perspective. For “substantial health benefits” and aerobic fitness, it is recommended that you get 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week (i.e. walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week and it should be done in increments of at least 10 minutes if you can’t get the full-time in a day. They did also go on to say that for even more benefits you should reach upwards of 300 minutes a week if possible of moderate intensity.
- For example 150 minutes of walking, that is 30 minutes of walking, 5 days a week. (Three 10 minute walking segments a day is just as good as one 30 minute segment).
Muscle strength should be at least two times a week incorporating all major muscle groups and work up to 2-3 sets of 8-12 repetitions.
Flexibility and Balance should be three times a week, for 30-60 minute sessions (i.e. Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates).
That is incredible! How many of you actually follow something like this? I’m sure not many do! If you want further information on this, you can go HERE, which is where the info was pulled from according to my continuing education class.
So with that said, you now see why my passion is health and fitness.
QOTD: What is YOUR passion and why? I would love to hear what yours are.