Physical Health Awareness Through Your Life
October is a big month for physical health awareness at Fitness Connection. Check out our events supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and Active Aging Week. Anyone, regardless of age, gender or family history, can find themselves suffering from a chronic disease. We’re here to help you through exercise, diet and a community of support.
Positive Impacts of Fitness
Regular exercise can help prevent your risk of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, many types of cancer, depression, anxiety and dementia according to the CDC. It’s important to note that exercise can help to improve and manage symptoms if you do have a chronic disease.
Tips to exercise regularly from Mayo Clinic:
- Aerobic exercise can help improve your heart health and endurance and aid in weight loss.
- Strength training can improve muscle strength and endurance, make it easier to do daily activities, slow disease-related declines in muscle strength, and provide stability to joints.
- Flexibility exercises may help you to have optimal range of motion about your joints, so they can function best while stability exercises may help reduce the risk of falls.
Instructor Connie Elledge Is All About Fitness
Connie is a Fitness Connection Instructor from Little Elm, Texas. She has transformed her life in the pursuit of feeling and looking her best and helping others feel the same. Her family’s history of chronic disease led her to make a big lifestyle change. We asked her to tell us her transformation story, and here’s what she had to say:
“I weighed in at almost 290 at a size 24 and losing my father to diabetes motivated me to get moving. I knew I needed to make changes fast in order to not convey the same results for my children. I began attending a local gym and heard music coming from the back. I searched what I learned to be a group fitness class. Zumba was on the schedule, and everyone looked like they were smiling and enjoying their workout. I tried it and couldn’t last for longer than 15 minutes. I kept coming back until I was finally able to take the whole class without stopping for breaks. I began cutting calories with portion control and educated myself about limiting sugary drinks and choosing nutrition over empty calories. I later became a Zumba Instructor, which lead to more learning and trainings. One class changed my life forever and I get to help motivate others to reach their new levels of fitness. Today, I’m a size 10, still working on a better version of myself and 120 pounds lighter.”
Eating well varies from person to person based on culture, food preferences, sensitivities, budget, etc. Typical foods to eat daily are a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains.
- Choosing water or no calorie drinks over juices and soda
- Reach for low-fat or fat-free dairy options at the grocery store
- Look for whole-grain versions of cereals, breads and pastas
- Consume leaner meat instead of fatty
Stay Fit While Aging
Staying healthy and active can prevent you from spending large amounts of money on hospital bills. According to the National Institute on Aging, “often, inactivity is more to blame than age when older people lose the ability to do things on their own. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.”
Key benefits of staying fit according to the National Council on Aging:
- Prevent bone loss
- Relieve osteoarthritis pain
- Help prevent chronic disease
- Boost your immunity
- Improve mood
We love nothing more than being able to keep you on the track to stay healthy and active for your present self, but also as you get older. The steps you take today can help your future self more than you could comprehend. If you’d like to read other tips to exercise regularly, check out our past blogs. To interact with motivational instructors like Connie join us in-gym at the nearest location for our classes!