It is something everyone seems to do, but no one wants to admit it: avoiding exercise. With the business of day to day life, it is easy to get caught up in the cycle of avoidance, especially when it something you really were not that excited about doing in the first place. In fact, less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week, reports the US. Department of Health and Human Services. This is a concerning statistic, especially when you consider that it only gets more depressing as you take a look at the younger generations. Today’s youth spend less time participating in physical activity than ever. Children now spend more than 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen, and nearly one-third of high school students play video or computer games for three or more hours on an average school day. The best, and maybe the only, way to truly combat these tendencies in children is to lead by example.
One of the best ways to start fitting exercise back into your busy schedule is through working out at home. With the continual rise in exercise equipment available to you through sports stores, getting yourself ready to workout at home is easier now than it has ever been before. At least one in three Americans develops Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, but regular physical activity can help prevent and manage this condition. With the resources that are available to you today through the form of at home exercise equipment and healthy food the disease is more preventable now that ever before. There is no better time than the present to start working to combat this disease, as prevention is always the better option than dealing with the consequences later down the line.
Now that you have decided that you are truly going to commit to the process of getting back in shape, the next step is finding the proper equipment in a nearby sports store. Fitness stores may seem daunting at a first glance, so if you feel you might be overwhelmed you could always locate the sports store through their website and glance over their inventory, or even just find an employee who should be willing to help. Another good strategy is to get a general idea of what equipment you are looking to purchase before you actual go to buy it. Generally speaking, there are two different types of equipment you can buy—cardio equipment and strength equipment. Which you buy depends on what parts of yourself you either wish to improve or have been told to work on by your doctor. Seeing as it is one of the most common areas in which people seek to improve, I felt it was important to include cardiovascular health. To improve your cardiovascular health, the Cleveland Clinic recommends that you partake in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity for five days a week, equating to at least 2.5 hours every week.
So yes, it may seem a bit daunting getting started, and it might even be difficult, but getting started is always the hardest part. Seeing as how time waits for no man, there really is no day quite like today.