~Your Health and Fitness Coach~
If you live in the United States today, you live in the fattest nation in the world. Modern conveniences do almost everything for us today, and we hire other people to do the tasks that machines don’t do. Add to this lack of movement that plagues our country the very large portions of worthless (from a nutrition standpoint), although tasty foods that are available around every corner, and it is easy to understand why we have become so fat and unhealthy.
It’s time to do an about face! When we read that a lot of exercise guides recommend 60 to 90 minutes a day, five to seven days a week, we get discouraged and think that there is simply no way that we can accomplish that. The other end of the spectrum states that daily activities or eight minutes of exercise a day can give us all the exercise we need. After reading these two extremes, it is easy to say, “Forget it! Nobody knows what they are talking about anyway.”
Our forefathers worked all day in the fields, on the range with their cattle, stalking game as they hunted or even in stores where they stocked shelves and moved inventory. It was naturally an active lifestyle. Keeping this in mind, I don’t believe that we have to invest an hour or more every day to be healthy and fit. On the other hand, I don’t believe that daily activities can give us all of the exercise that we need. If that was the case, we wouldn’t have any overweight maids, janitors or yard care specialists.
I do believe that daily activities can help and that we should be doing more of them. It’s too bad that as we have become wealthier, we hire others to do our “menial” tasks around the house, often as a sign to others that we are “well off”. Getting back in touch with our houses through housework and especially back in touch with nature through yard work can be very beneficial to our overall health.
Now, while I do believe that eight minutes a day can give you health benefits, the exercises I’ve seen in the book of that name won’t do it. The eight minutes must be designed to be very intense, utilizing multiple muscle groups with each exercise. Isolation exercises using one muscle, especially small muscles like triceps or biceps simply won’t give you the results you are looking for. To really be of any value, the eight minutes should utilize multiple large muscle groups and be very intense, which will be too difficult for most beginning exercisers.
Efficient programs should be built around the six pillars of health and fitness: Aerobic, Anaerobic, Muscle strength, Muscle Endurance, Diet and Core Fitness. My goal is to help one million men, women, boys and girls become Healthy and Fit in the least amount of time, so that you will still have time to enjoy life and your newly found fitness. Twenty to thirty minutes of specialized exercise two to three times a week combined with walking, jogging, dancing, biking or other fun activities will improve your health and fitness tremendously. Let me teach you how to be Healthy and Fit in Just a Bit.