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Benefits of a Fitness Lifestyle Which You May Not Know

November 1st, 2007 · 4 Comments ·
 
 

Have talked about how I started in gym. Though it was about four years ago, that change triggered something in me that is still with me today.

Can go on and on here about all the health related benefits of working out and eating right. But the truth is you already heard or read about all these things. So, will not want to bore you with the grandmother stories.

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What I want to share are the benefits that you will not see on a weighing scale, in the mirror or in the results of your next body check up result. When we were kids, we ran, we jumped, we climbed and we got lots of exercise every now and then. We enjoyed playing. However, now, after growing up, we like to sit, we like to sleep and we like to eat. We exercise only if we get credit out from it.

So, this time, I am talking about the possible influence you will have on others who are close to you such as your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, children, parents, friends or your colleagues (or even your dogs or cats).

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As a kid, I have already seen the difference between how my uncle looked and how other people in his age range, who did not take care of themselves, looked. The difference was obvious. No, my uncle is not a bodybuilder. Neither was he an athlete. He plays indoor as well as outdoor sports, even at the age of late 50s. He is able do things by himself that would normally require two or threer unhealthy people to get done. I knew exactly what kind of shape I wanted to be in when I am at his age.

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My uncle was leading by example. Not only did I learn from his example, but so did my other siblings as well as my parents too. We want to exercise and eat right (most of the time) like him. Our loved ones watch us working out and eat healthily. I definitely want the same things that happened to me are happening to the next generation.

By taking care of himself, my uncle was taking care of his kids and people who are close to him. I believe that his great grandchildren will benefit as well. (Besides money) What other equally important gift can one pass down than the desire to lead a healthy lifestyle and the enhanced quality of life that goes with it?

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Our healthy way of life will inspire others around us. By leading a lifestyle built around physical fitness and healthy nutrition, we may be taking care of a lot more people than just ourselves.

You never know.


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  • Angie Tan // Nov 1, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Yeap… A healthy lifestyle starts from a young age. My parents started living healthily when my grandpa had his 1st heart attack when he was 50.

    My dad is about 60+ and he’s still active in sports while my mom is still doing her weekly line dancing.

    It’s a commitment and should be taught to our kids and other relatives on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

  • eksk // Nov 1, 2007 at 3:37 PM

    Being active and thinking you are active is 2 different things. Just because you play sports socially does not mean you are leading an active lifestyle.. I’ve heard of people who suffered from heart attack despite being a regular social badminton player.

  • surfnux // Nov 2, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Great post.

    I never came to think of living healthy before I came to Singapore. I have went through lots of stages from being thin to fat, to thin again and now moderate and trying to trim up more.

    While at high school, I used to be very active, playing basketball and cycle most of the time.

    Then come to college, life will be fun and lazy, lesser sports since I was living in the city campus. But there still exercises like swim and walk up the hill when back from class.

    Then move to another college in the suburb, life was good there as foods were cheap. I eat like I have never eaten for years. Within a week, I gained 5 Kg straight. Unbelievable. I took up swimming and started to get active and even played water polo and went for competition after that. But I am still fat.

    From these three conditions above, there is one thing that I lacked of. Nutrition control and good diet.

    Following that when I came to Singapore to work for the first time, I weight 84 Kg, or even more. Since the foods are expensive, I tend to eat mixed rice most of the time and so there is some change there in eating behavior.

    Slowly I go for morning jog, but failed almost everyday, but managed to do it minimin twice a week. Then I started to try high protein diet. After 4-5 months, I lost 4 Kgs. Perhaps it is related to stress that I get from my first job as well.

    Following that, I started to join gym and live a healthy life by controlling my diet carefully and eliminate fast food totally from my diet. I managed to get through and I reached the weight of 75 Kg up to now.

    There has been not much changes lately, but some parts of the body are getting toned up better. I like the feeling and glad that I am able to achieve this stage now.

    But this hardwork can be put to waste just within weeks or months. I realized it when I was back home for holiday for 1 week and when I am back to Singapore again, fats are piling up again on my waist and that is the result from overeating and lack of exercise. Now I have to work hard again for weeks or even months to get back to the stage I were before and put into mind that no more next time.

    From my experience, I shared it with my girlfriend and friends and they are slowly fixing their lifestyles. Its nice to workout together. Cheers…

  • One Big Health Nut // Nov 2, 2007 at 8:31 PM

    In addition of sports and active exercises, one needs to control his daily diet carefully especially at the old age. Many researches have concluded that good diet has significant effect to longevity and quality of life in general. Being active sports player or gym freak is only a piece of the puzzle, you need great diet in order to complete it.

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