Exercise, Health and Fitness

There are days and there are days! Sure we all feel that way sometimes and experience days when we barely have time to breathe it seems leave alone exercise! On the other hand maybe you just plain hate exercising like I do. What we need to be aware of is that exercise, health and fitness are all connected and a simple 10 minute daily workout combined with right eating is a surefire way of ensuring overall fitness.

There are a few really basic exercises that you can do on a daily basis, which are listed below. Just think of the exercise routine as something that has to be done each day like brushing your teeth or having a shower and get it over with, it will soon become habit forming.

o Hip thrust: give your hams, calves, glutes and lower back a workout. Lie flat on your back with knees bent, feet and head on the floor. Thrust out your hips in the direction of the ceiling until you are in line with your shoulders, hips and knees; then go back to start position. 25-50 reps are good to start with and you can slowly build up to 100.

o Squat press: give your gluts, quads and upper body a workout. Depending on your fitness level hold a pair of dumbbells in your hands at shoulder position. Squat keeping hips back and weight on heels; now drive upward with the power from your legs pressing the dumbbells straight up. Lower your arms.

o Push ups: give your shoulders, chest and triceps a workout. Place feet and palms on floor in a downward facing spread out pose; drop into the push up position, roll into the upward facing pose and then reverse. Return to start and repeat.

Doing these exercises should not take more than 10 minutes and will limber you up for the day.

Exercise, health and fitness are a sort of joint venture; now that you have some quick tune up exercises to do we can take a look at health and fitness to complete the triangle. Good health and fitness comes from the right kind of diet and lifestyle. If you drink too much alcohol and smoke like a chimney no amount of right eating is going to keep you in good health.

Did you know that an excellent method of ensuring good health is to keep a pet? Pets have been found to be natural mood enhancers; lower blood pressure; reduce stress and tension; lower risk of heart attack and fight depression among other benefits.

Another way to improve and maintain good health is through aerobic exercise. Research has linked aerobic exercise to various health and fitness benefits such as cancer prevention, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, obesity and weight loss. Swimming, riding, water aerobics, walking, hiking, dancing and similar activities are all examples of aerobic exercise; you can choose anything that you enjoy doing or is easiest for you to do. The main thing is to take up some form of exercise to enjoy the benefits of good health and fitness.