Improving Health and Well-being

One of the greatest benefits that frequent exercise can give you is improvements in your health and well-being. This is a rather vague statement, so what does it mean? Well, a lot of people I know who are not regularly active would say they are fine as they are. They would admit to being busy, having little time, feeling stressed with work and family life, but aren’t we all? Their levels of energy are often low, but they would say “OK” if asked how their health is. However, what they mean is they are not ill.

Being healthy is much more than this. Good health and well-being means having consistently high levels of energy, even if your life is hectic. It means feeling strong, having lots of stamina, having high levels of concentration, feeling optimistic, and being motivated each day when you wake up in the morning. In a nutshell, it means enjoying your life even though you work hard and there is plenty to do.

This may sound idealistic, but it is possible. We all need balance in our lives. Your body needs physical challenges as well as mental challenges. That means regularly stimulating all your muscles throughout their full range of motion, challenging your heart and lungs to deliver more oxygen and fuel via your cardio-vascular system, and stretching your muscles to maintain your flexibility and ease of movement. You also need a good balance of nutritious food, consumed at regular intervals to ensure your supply of energy is steady and consistent. At the end of your day, you need time to relax and unwind before you go to bed to have a restful night of sleep. It may not always be possible, but if you can achieve this most of the time, you will find your ability to cope with the pressures of life will be greatly enhanced. You will be able to concentrate better at work, so you will be more productive and more time efficient. Outside of work you will still have enough energy to enjoy family life, sport, hobbies, and social life. Most importantly of all, you will be in control of your life.