Even as early as ninth grade students are taught to integrate a variety of health concepts, skills, and behaviors to plan for their personal health goals. The importance of having a personal fitness plan is so great that they are given a comprehensive health education where they learn basic health concepts and the various factors that have an impact on their health.
Now, if this information is deemed important enough to teach our kids in their teens, shouldn’t we, as the responsible adults that we are supposed to be, consider it equally important? The sad truth is that many times, life gets in the way of us making intelligent health choices. Hectic work schedules, multiple after-school activities with the kids and trying to make it to the PTA meeting on time all conspire to divert our good intentions when it comes to our personal fitness.
Developing an effective and realistic fitness plan requires a process of delicately intertwining varied but equally important elements. Cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and flexibility and proper diet all combine to create a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Don’t let the last statement scare you away from fitness. Of all of the decisions that you make on any given day, the one that steers you in the direction of a personal fitness plan is, without a doubt, one of the most important decisions that you can make; if not the most important. There are many plans that can provide you with a road-map to a healthy life.
Referencing back to the extremely busy life that we all lead, a side benefit that many people overlook is the fact that being healthy and having a body that performs at its optimum level will help reduce stress. As for those folks who immediately think “I’m too busy to work out”, you can just stop that right now, because the vast majority of people who begin a new routine for their personal fitness find that they actually have MORE time. I think some of the reason for this is that, in order to work out, they are getting out of bed earlier and feel as if they have more time because their bodies are functioning at a much higher level.
There are a few things that I would like to leave you with as I close this article:
- As you are creating the plan that you will follow to get physically fit, it is extremely important to remember that, at times everybody needs to have a support system. Friends, family or co-workers can be a good place to find that support.
- Stay away from the places that are particularly tempting. Nothing good can come from fighting yourself.
- Finally, one of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to recruit someone to be your workout partner. Having someone that you are accountable to besides yourself will give you a better chance of success in the long run.