Exercise is NOT Optional

Tip of the Day – Wednesday 30th May

There is evidence that cardio-respiratory fitness is a better predictor of mortality than obesity. In other words, a fit but overweight person will probably live longer than an unfit person who is an ideal weight.

Exercise improves just about every physiological marker you can think of. It lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, lowers heart disease risk and reduces the risk of developing diabetes. Then there’s the numerous positive effects on your mental state. Of course for many people a lack of exercise is only half the story, because often the main reason for not exercising is a lack of time. Business culture these days demands more and more from its people in less and less time. So not only does exercise go out the window, so does eating well, sleeping well and relaxing well. There’s a compound effect and there’s no wonder so many of our workers today are off with stress.

Exercise is valuable ‘me’ time and you’ll always feel better afterwards, however tired you feel at the start. So start today. Make an exercise ‘appointment’ in you diary and treat it like any other appointment. It can be a 30-minute brisk walk in your lunch hour, a gym class straight after work or a game of tennis with a colleague. Just make the appointment and stick to it. Exercise is not a ‘nice to have’, it is absolutely essential if you intend to perform at your best in all areas of life. Exercise is not optional.

About Paul Chamberlain

Paul Chamberlain MSc is a performance nutritionist based in Hertfordshire supporting athletes in a variety of sports and offering weight loss and general nutrition coaching to anyone looking to improve their health and well-being. Paul has lectured extensively on nutrition and is former Technical Director at Solgar Vitamin & Herb, where he gained extensive knowledge of the supplement market. Paul uses a functional approach to promote improved performance and long-term health. http://www.beyond-nutrition.co.uk