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What Fitness Is (And Should Be)

For most immediate people in my life, the mere mention of fitness brings about shrieks and shrills. This is, without a doubt, the utmost worst thing that can happen in life because fitness and moving physically is an essential. People wonder why we are overweight, have type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and so on, most of which is most likely linked to being sedentary, especially over the course of a long time. I could go on and on about why it is bad, but here’s a short list of what fitness is and should be for everyone.

1, Full. Fitness is full of many things: movement, breathing, rejuvenating, enhancing, and even sweating. If your fitness is not full, it will not be very beneficial. To make your fitness full, always warm up and cool down. In addition, set goals and follow through with them, although sometimes we like to slack, which is human. To truly make your fitness full, add the rest of the elements to follow.

2. Functional. To train for a marathon, you must run. To make your exercise functional, do one of two things: choose a specific goal or choose no goal (a generalist goal). By choosing a goal, you can set standards by which to train, diet, and strive toward. In my collegiate career, my goal was to run a faster 400m dash, so I trained to make this possible most of the year. Other parts of the year, I followed a no goal routine where I just was doing non-specific fitness for the fun of it. This made me more of a generalist, which is not bad. Functionality also refers to your exercises, which should be performed well at all times. The more you slack, the more you will end up hurting or getting injured in the end. The little acts of stretching, warm ups, and dieting really do make a difference. The decision is up to you, but exercise should be functional.

3. Fortifying. Fitness should not only fortify the physical body into rejuvenation but also the mental and spiritual bodies. Any movement is better than no movement, and your body requires and begs for all types of movement. Once you begin to conquer this fortifying trait, you will begin to not only love exercise but hope for more.

4. Freeing. Fitness that is freeing is the best kind. Going for a long slow run with no goal in mind, swimming however many laps you can stand, or doing push ups until failure, whatever the goal is, fitness should have elements of freeing. Personally, I have gotten all wrapped up in how many sets and reps and distances and times that I have to attain. Sometimes this is very needed and other times it is not. When your fitness frees you, you will begin to feel fortified.

5. Fun. Above all, exercise should be fun. Laughs and smiles are just as important as sweat and hard breaths. When playing basketball with friends, laugh a little, make jokes, and make it fun for everyone. If your fitness is not fun, then you are doing something wrong. Fitness should be fun and beneficial to you, in addition to the other points.

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Rejuvenation After Exercise

Most people dread exercise in one form or another we have started to notice. We cannot see how this works out. For us, exercise and physical activity give us a “high” very often. We believe maybe just because it is easier to sit on the couch and do nothing than it is to move that people dislike the idea of moving. To help prevent this, we have not only found joy in exercise, but we have found goals, challenges, and many pursuits which all can lead to a bit of a high inspiration.

I feel rejuvenated post workout recently. I do know that I enjoy exercise more than most people, but this is because I have found a source of fulfillment in what I am doing. It is good for the environment, my health, inspiring others and so on. Sometimes I get such a boost of energy after a workout that it ignites my whole day in fact. Of course, not every day is sunshine and rainbows because I definitely do have my days; however, I push through the hard ones and rejoice in times of triumph. My rejuvenation today was a bit of runner’s high. I tend to get this after running a short distance and then unleashing sprints. Whatever it is you do to find rejuvenation and get an exercise high, go for it and you will be thankful.

Recently I have even found that exercising in the morning is the best medicine for a good day; however, I am still taking my baby steps towards changing my routine from evening to morning or at least earlier in the day. The morning seems to be the ideal time because it wakes us, stimulates us. It prepares not only our body for more movement throughout the day but also gives our brain proper blood flow to trigger our thoughts. Also, exercise in the morning seems to trigger a “go-get-it” attitude for the rest of the day. I lean on this because I have always had a problem sustaining energy throughout the day. Jess has most often times exercised of the morning, and I can tell that she benefits greatly from it. Hopefully I can begin to move in that direction.

Not only giving me a high, exercising in the morning is easier than exercising later in the evening. Wait, you say, did I really just say that? Yes, indeed I did. Now this does not mean the first thing you have to do after you drag your butt out of bed is put on running shoes, chug an energy bar, and stretch your muscles. I suggest moving slowly at first. Eat something or get a drink, specifically coffee in my case along with water. Let your body open up to the new day and get the grogginess away. Basically you will be putting the bad part of the morning here. You know, the part that most people dread. After a bit of an awakened state, I suggest movement. Push yourself now and relax a bit after. You will feel rejuvenated.

Exercising in the evening is not all bad, though. I actually suggest another bout of exercise a few hours before sleep. This gets your body tired and ready to go into bed as long as you make sure it is two hours or more before bed. The main reason to avoid doing all of your workouts and movement in the evening dwindles down to the lack of motivation. Most people have worked eight or more hours, taken kids to soccer practice, commuted a long, boring way to work, or whatever other daily things you are doing. Sometimes these can smash down our motivation and prevent us from exercising to our full potential or even at all.

If the morning is not your thing, then exercising in the evening is fine. Movement is movement and any movement is better than no movement. To boost your exercise routine in the next couple days, try to find your “runners’ high” so to speak in whatever activity you are doing. Rejuvenation afterwards is always a good motivator.

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