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Sometimes last year, I did a research on peoples perceptions of the risk of not exercise (physical inactivity); compared to risks of: smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and drinking sugary carbonated water.
Below are my findings from the data analysis:
75% of respondents believed that physical inactivity was more injurious to health than smoking, as well as for diabetes. wow! Hard to believe.
But for high blood pressure 25% were not sure, another 25% rated HBP as more injurious, while 50% regarded not exercising as more risky. Findings were . the same for drinking sugary carbonated water.
The findings reveal abnormalities in peoples beliefs and their health practices.
Other reports revealed about 80% of people don't exercise, even though they believe it is highly risky, and more risky than smoking, HBP, diabetes and drinking sugary carbonated water.
The most common challenge that people face is how to incorporate fitness into their lives, into their daily and weekly schedules. They know they have to do something to get in shape, to get healthier and fitter, but they really don’t know how. It can be discouraging because of the abundance of information out there. So much and so confusing that you may not know where to begin. There are many ads out there prompting you to shun diet, portion control and exercises, for their self-acclaimed solutions. Note that such solutions don’t exist, not on a permanent or sustainable basis.
Our society has so much food choices that it is easy to attract extra weight. Also our day to day jobs are less physical as they were 100 years ago so we have more sedentary life styles. Many people know there are benefits in exercising, or in conforming to some dietary and physical discipline. However, most people don’t know how or where to start, or simply lacking in courage to face the truth.
So where and when do we begin?
The very first thing you need do is go to your doctor for a check up and get the approval to start exercising.
Next make the choice to start exercising and eating right.
Making the decision to do something provides a form of commitment you made to your self. Deciding that you need to change behavior creates new possibilities. When you say to your self I need to get in shape, it means something. You should be answering these questions in your mind: When can I work out? What exercises do I need to do? What foods should I be eating? Make your self think about the commitment you just made. Only then you can let go of the past and take steps to move forward.
Write Down What You Do
You need a reference that is realistic towards your weekly activity. Write down everything you do during the week. This should include work hours, commuting hours, nights spent with your spouse, your childs activities and anything else you can think of that you do. You should also include what you do on weekends. You should make a list for each day of the week. Here is why..
Some people set lofty goals like working out for 2 hours a day. This can be due to an old saying, More is Better. However, this is not the case. Knowing your schedule will help you set realistic goals and help you find a few hours a week to start exercising. You’ll have a visual perspective of what you can and can’t do with your routine.
Research and gather relevant information.
Most people do not have enough information before they start a work out program. So how do we get the information we need? The good news is we live in the information age. Take advantage of your favorite search engine and learn a little bit about fitness and nutrition. However, do not go overboard and lose focus. Find a source of information you like and take notes. Find the simplest and easiest workouts and nutrition tips. Don’t over load yourself with information.
You can hire a personal trainer to help you get started. Hiring a personal trainer is a great way to get started because you have made a commitment to meet someone to workout. Your goal is to have the trainer show you the basics on exercise and eating healthier. It may also be safer to learn how to perform the exercises (especially if you have not exercised for a while). Join a purposeful exercise group. Working out with others is a great way to get motivated and hit your target goals
Create a Simple Plan and Set Realistic Goals
Keep it Simple! Following a simple plan while on a hectic schedule is much easier than following an elaborate plan. You should have a plan of which days you want to work out and one goal to change your eating habits for the next few weeks. For example, I will work out for a half an hour for 3 days this week. I will eat a little less each meal. Simple is success.
Execute Your Plan
Now that you have a plan, all you need to do is follow it. This is another big step. You should look at your plan every day upon waking. You need be mentally prepared for the great day ahead of you. Having your daily schedule in hand will help you achieve your goals for the day. When you complete your workout for the day, highlight it or cross it off your list. It will show you that you accomplished something for yourself. No matter what you must execute. This will be the hardest (and most rewarding) step.
I hope these things help you get started on a new life of physical fitness. Life is filled with making decisions, knowing your commitments, getting information, planning and execution. Try these approaches for yourself and you will see that having your own workout and nutrition program is not as far fetched or complicated as you think.
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Bloody Edo : Corpse Litter The Streets Of Benin As Cult Hostilities Intensifies.
Edo State is making the headlines again, this time around for the wrong reasons.
Benin City is currently boiling as cult gangs and hoodlums have taken over major parts of the metropolis unleashing mayhem at innocent citizens.
According to our Correspondent jimoh Ogirima report that, 6 deaths were recorded yesterday alone with the bodies of the victims left on the street for all to see.
This trending video happened yesterday at Textile Mill road in Benin City, the worse aspect is that the people don’t even know what is going on, some say it is the usual crisis between the Black Axe and Eiye confraternity, others say it is an underground gang war meant to cleanse the opposing confraternity.
As at the time of reporting this incidence there is a corpse lying at Benin Lagos Express road opposite Uselu park.
This one happened about 6 am on Saturday which happens to be today.
Some who spoke off camera urged the security agencies to swing into action and bring to book all those behind these dastardly acts.