How To Begin Exercising According to Health Professionals
Let’s face it, exercising can get boring and monotonous, and unless you have some intrinsic motivation or determination, you may fall off your fitness goal even before you hit the gym. Nevertheless, medical doctors highlight the benefits of adopting a gym-patterned lifestyle, which is undoubtedly for your good. The Center for Disease Control reports that every 40 seconds, a person in the U.S. will suffer a heart attack. One of the leading causes of death in the US is strokes, which killed 147,000 Americans in 2018. Diabetes killed 83,000 Americans in 2018 making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Statistics show that 12% of people who suffer a heart attack will most likely die from it.
Metabolic syndrome, obesity, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are other serious aftermaths of living a sedentary and unhealthy life for a long period of time.
How to Live an Exercise-Patterned Life and Remain Committed
Besides just building some impressive biceps, going to the gym can boost your immunity and protect you from aging-related diseases such as sarcopenia (muscle loss) and osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, the odds that you will stay consistent in the gym once you begin the gym lifestyle are against you. But all hope isn’t lost. Let’s take a look at factors that will enhance the gym lifestyle and make it more enjoyable for you.
Find the Intrinsic Motivation
You must have a natural affinity or tendency towards getting fit and in good shape, and this affinity can only be enhanced by intrinsic motivation (for the long term). For example, if you go to the gym because of a wedding reception you want to attend in a few months, what happens after the wedding? What do you do when you no longer have a reason to go to the gym?
Extrinsic motivation is an external stimulus that pushes you to do the things you would not naturally entertain; however, the extrinsic is often momentarily, and once it’s gone, you may not foster the strength to go back to the gym. Intrinsic motivation includes a determined understanding of the benefits of physical exercise to your body.
Find a Sport
Going to the gym or even doing 200 pushups in your sitting room every night can become a chore. Find a sport you like and join a local team. With sports, you get to meet people, have fun, compete, and move your body rather than just lifting weights and doing exercises you hate.
Stay Around People Who Motivate the Gym Lifestyle
The best motivation comes from having people who have a disciplined attitude towards going to the gym. Instead of working out alone, surround yourself with people who will go with you to the gym. Exercising with friends and family members, especially when sports form part of the routine, can be a lot of fun.
Work with a Personal Trainer
A personal trainer keeps you motivated and pushes you to keep going after fatigue accumulates. If your gym has a professional instructor or trainer, reach out to see if that would be a good fit for you. Your instructor can look into your health history, help you reach your goals, and observe how your body reacts to different techniques in order to select the best workout for you. don’t attempt to lose all your excess fat at once. Pushing your body beyond the limit, especially when you are just starting will discourage you and could cause moderate to life-threatening diseases. If you have a history of heart attack, diabetes, or stroke, or you suffer a nagging pain in any part of your body after a gym session, see a doctor immediately.
Top Doctor Magazine is a magazine from doctors for doctors and patients. We cover everything from cutting-edge medical techniques and procedures to enterprising doctors, dentists, surgeons, naturopaths, chiropaths, orthodontists, and more who are thought leaders within their own medical practice and changing the way we all experience medicine for the better.
We wish to be your one-stop digest for inspiration by other professionals in your field who are making waves and setting trends. If you, too, are a trend-setter, reach out to us so we can interview you for your own spotlight within an upcoming Top Doctor Magazine issue!
Brianna Connors & Derek Archer Co-Editors