How are you feeling today, dear reader? Comfortable? Or slightly sluggish from a long week?
Our lives are increasingly sedentary. Yours, mine, and across most of the globe. At first glance, that’s great. We have mastered technologies that our ancestors only could dream of, and they make our lives unbelievably comfortable compared to any other generation of humans on this planet. As you know however, every upside has its downside – there is a cosmic balancing force, expressed in the physical principle of action & reaction.
The reaction to our advanced lifestyle is the danger of complacency and deteriorating bodies (and minds, but that is for a future article).
The numbers I found are staggering, even though they pertain to the U.S., I am confident in saying that Europe doesn’t fare much better (maybe between 15-20% better, but that is a generous estimate). A relevant survey found that 80% of all interviewed Americans did not meet the recommended exercise goal of 2 1/2 hours of semi-intense exercise per week. Neither did most hit the alternative recommendation of 1 hour and 15 minute of intense exercise. This goes a long way in explaining why obesity is rampant in the western world.
That is, honestly, mind-boggling. An average training regimen takes you at least 3 times a week to the gym, with around 60-90 minutes of intense weight training. That is almost three times the recommended time, yet it is absolutely required to get strong. The fact that most don’t even come close to this goal shows why so many men are a.) feeling worse than they have to, and b.) are more likely to be obese.
But my point goes beyond the direct health impacts of being obese: Not working out limits your potential well-being severely. Hitting the weights in the gym releases a number of hormones that help with losing fat (so there is a double effect of weight training, losing fat directly through exercise as well as losing more fat in the time window after the exercise by the released hormones), increasing testosterone levels (very important), and releasing dopamine. It was also found that proper exercise helps with your mood, alleviates depression, and improves cognitive functioning.
This brings us full circle: People simply do not work out enough. And they suffer from it, often without knowing why. Does it surprise you then that the use of anti-depressants is at an all-time high, and people report lower and lower satisfaction in life?
Exercise is not the one answer to make you a happy person instantly, but it is a huge building block in getting you there. That’s why the Inner Warrior Circle gets you started with a proper training program before getting started on your career or woman life. If you want to learn more, go to innerwarriorcircle.com and sign up there.
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