Fitness is very important for living a healthy lifestyle. You can eat all the right foods, but fitness helps build muscle, sustains flexibility and essentially makes you stronger. However, we could be executing it wrongly and not achieving the results we desire. To help you in your health goals, we will introduce the Life in Motion Wellness Program, based off of the wellness specialist Dr. Webb’s book Reclaim 24 which discusses the four dimensions of wellness: 1) Physical, 2)Emotional, 3) Intellectual, and 4) Spiritual. This system is all about understanding wellness for these four perspectives and unifying each of them with our lifestyle.
In simplest form, there are three primary kinds of Physical Fitness:
- Flexibility: the ability to move your joints and muscles through their full range of motion. Stretching is an exercise that helps you to improve your flexibility.
- Aerobic Fitness: increasing how well your body uses oxygen. This includes the function of your heart, lungs, and muscles. Any activity that raises your heart rate, like walking or jogging, can improve aerobic fitness.
- Muscle Fitness: building stronger muscles and increasing how long you can use them. Also called Endurance, this is where weight lifting or push-ups comes into play to improve your muscular fitness.
People think that the more they spend in the gym the faster the results will be. Five to six days a week, performing marathon sets and racing against the machine of the treadmill in the poor attempt to gain muscle and body tone. But this is a poor endeavor because these people are acting under a myth.
More is not always better. Following this concept will lead to overtraining, the number one reason bodybuilders fail to progress. Overtraining is the act of working one muscle or a group of muscles beyond what is needed to cause stimulus for growth and the number one reason people fail to progress in muscle and lean tissue development. You should focus only on performing a quality set or sets of exercises rather than increasing the number of sets then discontinue exercising that particular muscle group. If you want to maximize your individual potential, avoid overtraining at all costs!
Overtraining is harmful to the body because it puts unnecessary stress on your muscles. To continue in more depth, it’s all about stress and Cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone in the body that is involved in the metabolism, blood pressure, insulin, immune function, inflammatory response, and much more. Normally in the morning cortisol is at higher levels and is at its lowest levels at night. Stress isn’t the only reason cortisol is secreted in the bloodstream, nonetheless it has been labeled “the stress hormone” because it’s also secreted in higher levels during the body’s “fight or flight” response during stressful encounters.
Unfortunately, due to our high-stress culture, your body’s stress responses are activated more often than they should and your body does not always have the chance to bring this cortisol levels back to normal. This results in state of “chronic stress” and higher levels and more prolonged periods of cortisol in the bloodstream. High intensity and prolonged exercises increase cortisol levels as well and overtraining makes it worst.
Our Life in Motion Wellness Program is a wellness, rejuvenation, and appearance program. If your particular body composition requires it, you might find your scale numbers climbing. But you will look better and be healthier with more energy when you transform yourself.