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What Do You Need to Do to Improve Your Fitness?

Aug 7, 2008
Improving your body means improving your body's ability to move and function. It's not easy to do at first, but it gets easier. Our overall plan is to improve your body's fitness through exercise, coupled with several other key elements we'll discuss later.

Some people hate exercise, but remember your body is built to be used, not to sit still in a chair all day. Many people don't get the exercise they need, and that leads to all types of health problems and pain. But once they change their habits, they like to exercise.

Even if you're not overweight, chances are good that you aren't getting enough exercise. Using and strengthening your muscles is vital to improving fitness.

You must stretch and move your body or it gets stiff.

Having the blood flow, and breathing deeply, has you feel good. We know the brain manufactures chemicals when you exercise that have you feel good.

In 2003, a study published in the journal, Neuroscience, confirmed that exercise increases the chemical BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls learning and memory.

Once you get used to your new exercise plan, you will notice you feel better, and you will be uncomfortable if you cannot exercise.

Imagine being in bed ill, and how good it feels to be up and active again. That is your body wanting to move.

Okay, here is comes, that awful, limiting diet that you've been avoiding because it's going to take all your pleasure out of eating permanently, right?

NO! You don't have to be limited by what you can eat. Most food that is available in its natural state is just fine for you! If you give them a try, you will find that you like many of these foods better than the high fat, high cholesterol foods that you currently eat.

Once you adjust to a healthy diet, you like it as much, and usually far more than an unhealthy diet. Your body really likes what is good for it. It only likes junk because it has gotten used to it. You might say you've become addicted to it.

You will not like the foods you used to crave. They will be too salty, too sweet, too bad tasting.

There are so many nutritious, healthy foods and meals that are delicious. You have the opportunity to learn about new delicious foods and recipes. A bookstore, a library, a class in nutrition or cooking can make this easier, and enjoyable.

Poor quality foods are a large part of why people are unhealthy. It is mandatory for your health that you improve your diet. Would you give a good car, bad gas and oil?

If you do not commit to making changes here, your diet can threaten your life. It leads to disease, discomfort, lowered self esteem, and even early death.

Yet, much of the damage that is done through eating the wrong foods can be reversed over time by eating a healthy diet. That is exactly what you need to strive for here.

How can you improve your attitude toward fitness? There are many great ways to make this happen. Remember when we said this fitness plan was going to be fun? There are many ways to improve your emotional and mental fitness, and most of them are exciting and enriching.

Pay attention to what you say to yourself. And to what others around you say about fitness. It will be very hard to change your attitude, and your habits, if you are constantly hearing others who are helpless and hopeless, or cynical.

So many hundreds of thousands of people have improved their fitness. If they can, so can you.

It is only the transition that is difficult. Once you achieve your new life style, you will enjoy it.
About the Author
Peter Woronoff is a psychotherapist, martial artist, and fitness enthusiast. Claim your Free Audio that leads you through an essential exercise.www.SeniorFitnessNow
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