Monday, February 18, 2013

Why Being Physically Active Doesn’t Have to be Physically Exhausting


Why Being Physically Active Doesn’t Have to be Physically Exhausting
By: Josh Brodersen
            Often times when people get into the discussion of being physically active they bring it to the extremes. They picture the guy or girl who goes to the gym every day of the week for 2 hours and is quite frankly in great shape, who is drenched in sweat, and look and say, “I could never do that” or “I could never look like that”.  Now although this is a great feat for that particular individual it is by no means is the standard for anyone or what everyone may particularly want!  So then what is the accurate picture for what it takes to be active??  Physical activity as defined by the United States Center for Disease Control is ANYTHING THAT GETS YOUR BODY MOVING! So simply put staying active isn’t that hard, and doesn’t have to be physically exhausting. It’s doing something within your means and that you enjoy getting your body going and staying active! In fact if you happen to live in Kerst, you’re definitely being more than active for that long and very cold 20 minutes to and from class on the way back from your apartment!
  Another thing people sometimes struggle with is how to get into being physically active. I know that some people have always had the luxury of being heavily involved in sports and have never had to worry about their activity level. But for those who haven’t, I have a couple of tips just to get things jump started for you! First, Start Slow. Find something adequate that works for you and your activity level and see how it feels. You’re body takes time to adjust to being moved around and working out! Secondly, Set Goals and make a plan, if you have limited time or need to work your way into it, find a program that works for your level and stick to it, setting goals will give you something to strive to achieve for and give you a huge boost of positive reinforcement when accomplished. Finally STICK TO IT! When working into being physically active it’s easy to make an excuse or simply give up on yourself because it is quite challenging! But if it’s a positive change you want to make in your life you have to make sacrifices.  As Ella Jane Fitzgerald (1917-1996) said,  “Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.” If this sounds like something you are interested in I would love to have you at my presentation on Tues. Feb 19th at 11:45am, or Wed. Feb 20th at 1:15pm in the InterCulutral Center! We will be discussing the positive benefits of physical activity, ways you can become active, how to take advantage of our campus in this aspect, and much more!! And a fun activity, snacks, and prizes will be provided!