With all of the personal trainers, Miami should be full of nothing but beautiful well-built people in excellent cardio health. While there is certainly a higher proportion of an active person engaged in a healthy lifestyle, even many of those who work out on a regular basis do not seem to fit into that elite category. That is because going to boot camp classes in Miami is only a small part of what needs to be done.
Most people who report on being active in their gym go, on average, three to four times a week. Giving the people the benefit of the doubt and assuming they are there for 90 minutes - not including showering, getting changed, finding parking, etc. - that means in a typical week, they are working out six hours a week. As healthy as that sounds, it still is less than the sixty minutes a day of physical activity that is recommended for people. What is more, those six hours represent only about 3.5 percent of the available hours in a week. The question is what are they doing with the rest of that time to help them achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Sleep. These days people treat sleep as a luxury. If you were to ask people what is more beneficial to a person's health, getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night or hiring a personal trainer and joining a gym, most people would assume the working out. However, without a proper night's rest allowing the body to recover, they might end up doing more harm than good. An ill-rested body is more susceptible to injury and illness.
Eating. Just like a body needs to recover, it also needs to refuel. That does not happen by living on coffee, energy drinks and take-out Chinese food. A properly balanced nutritional diet is necessary so your body can work to restore what the workout takes away from it. Taking a few extra minutes at every meal time will make the difference between succeeding and failing at your new healthy lifestyle.
Relax. This is not just another way of saying sleep. A healthy lifestyle is achieved mentally as well as physically. It is important to take time throughout the day to relax and let go of the stress. Taking a well taught yoga class would be ideal because the breathing aspect of it will help with the relaxing and the stretching allows muscles to retain their flexibility while increasing their tone.
A healthy lifestyle requires a commitment of NoDaysOff. That does not mean you need to spend all your waking hours with a personal trainer. It simply means that everything you do, from how you sleep to what you eat, is important in making that lifestyle a reality.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer and fitness enthusiast who embracing the concept of healthy lifestyle incorporating the mind, body and spirit. http://www.legacyfit.com