Whenever we spoke about investment, we usually linked it to financial investment.
What about Fitness Investment? Fitness investment is almost as important as financial investment. Often not, with a healthier body, we are able to make better decisions in our life.
So lets go layman.
What is investment?
Investment is an act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.
What is fitness?
The condition of being physically fit and healthy. The quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task.
At this age and time, in the modern and an ever-changing environment, we often focus most of our energy in making as much money as we could. Nothing wrong with that but usually at the expense of our health. We exchanged long hours of work, took up all the stress given and even make it personal. Most often than not, the majority of the illness were derived from stress. Invest more in fitness, will give us better return in mobility and health when we get older.
Here are the 5 signs you should invest in fitness.
Your medical report card is not looking good
Human is known to be one of God’s best creation. Our body often gives us sign of what is coming up soon. Be it fever, flu or any other sickness. Many other major sickness can be avoided just by doing our routine annual body checks. The annual body check usually gives us an idea of our overall health as well as thing that we should change a little for s more fulfilling and healthier life.
You felt breathless much faster than before
Before at the age of 18, you could climb all the way to the 10th floor without feeling breathless and still have the energy to jump around. Now, 3 decades on, you can’t, which could be due to you getting older, heavier and unfit.
Your body fat percentage is above 23%
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. It is one of the most commonly use formula to calculate body fat due to its simplicity in calculation. The drawback is the fact that BMI does not take into account how much of your weight is muscle and how much of it is fats.
For a more accurate measure, get a weighing scale that is able to measure your body fat. Many commercial gyms have weighing scales that are able to measure body fat too.
Here’s the guide ranges for body fat percentage
Athletes Female 14%-20% Male 6%-13%
Fitness Female 21%-24% Male 14%-17%
Acceptable Female 25%-30% Male 18%-25%
Obese Female 31+% Male 26+%
You have insomnia
Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and is often considered chronic of it happens at lest three nights per week for three months of longer. Most common causes of insomnia are caused by medical problems, medications, sleep disorders. Most bulk of it if not medical related are caused by anxiety, stress and depression.
Regular exercise, not only can it relieves you from stress, it improves the symptoms of insomnia, increases the amount of time you spend in the deep, restorative stages of sleep, and helps you to feel less sleepy during the day. To maximise the sleep benefits that you can reap, try to exercise vigorously for 30 minutes on most days, but not too close to bedtime.
You are often in bad mood and felt the lack of energy
Bad mood are often caused by depression and anxiety, and because of that, a person who is suffering from depression or anxiety, often are lack of energy too.How does exercise help depression and anxiety?
Regular exercise helps:-
Releasing feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids)
Reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression.
Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.
Take your mind off worries. Exercise is a distraction that can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression.
Get more social interaction. Exercise and physical activity may give you the chance to meet or socialize with others. Just exchanging a friendly smile or greeting as you walk around your neighborhood can help your mood.
It’s time to start investing in fitness.