The decision to become a certified group fitness instructor is probably one of the best I’ve made in my whole life. Although I have been exercising consistently for several years now, I was unaware of how complex and interesting the field is until I began studying for my exam. Here are three interesting fitness facts you should know about:
1. Every Little Bit Helps.
As an individual who works out 6 to 7 times per week, I’m accustomed to being very active and reaping the benefits that result from continual engagement in cardiovascular and weight training activity. However, research shows that individuals who do not exercise this much can still experience profound results from their activity. In discussing the benefits of exercise, Meredith Melnick noted a study which found that individuals who engage in even a little bit of activity-such as a 15 minute daily walk-will reap benefits from their efforts. In fact, people who engage in this much activity can lower their heart rate by 14%.
2. Past Participation Is Best Predictor Of Future Involvement.
When thinking about the factors that are the most reliable predictors that an individual would start engaging in an exercise program, you might think that things like weight, age, or perceived time barriers would influence an individual to start working out. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong! According to research on the issue, past exercise program participation is actually the most reliable predictor. In short, individuals who have participated in a workout program previously are the most likely to engage in a new one. This should be a strong incentive to start working out now if you haven’t already. By doing so, you increase the likelihood that you develop a lifelong pattern of exercising and thereby improve your overall health.
3. Lack Of Time Is The Number One Excuse For Not Working Out.
As many fitness experts know, there are a variety of reasons that people cite when explaining why they don’t work out. Some of these reasons include limited access to a fitness facility, a lack of support, or being too old to do exercise. However, the number one reason people say they don’t work out is lack of time. This fact is an important one to consider for individuals interested in optimizing their own health and that of others because solutions can be devised to combat it. For example, peole who say they don’t have time to work out can participate in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which is a shortened form of exercise that elevates the heart rate quickly so that you can burn off calories without doing an extended workout.
As made plain by the aforementioned information, the world of exercise is complicated and intricate. By understanding the fitness facts listed above and continually doing research on the subject, individuals interested in maximizing health can make prudent exercise decisions that help them live more productive, positive lives. Good luck!
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