Many experts are now predicting that this generation of Americans may actually have a shorter life span than the previous one! For the first time in history, our very survival as a species is being threatened by an attacker of our own creation.
Everyone knows that stress kills. In the proper context however, stress also ensures that we take action and adapt. In our modern hectic lives, rather than saber-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths, we are assaulted on a daily basis by commutes and desk jobs.
This combination of inactivity and the increasing amount of processed foods we consume is killing us. The body can’t make a distinction between these perceived threats and the real thing, so it triggers the adrenal glands to produce a flood of stress hormones and sends us into fight or flight mode, a state in which we prepare to face an attacker or run away.
Not only do the excess calories from processed foods contribute an an ever-expanding waistline, many of these foods also contain artificial colors, flavors and preservatives that we are not equipped to deal with, so the body just simply stores them as excess adipose tissue (a.k.a FAT!)
Intense physical activity is the way our bodies are designed to naturally burn off excess stress hormones and other nasty toxins in the bloodstream. These hormones, like adrenaline, epinephrine and cortisol are there to give us a burst of energy when we need it most. Here are three keys to “maximize your exercise” and survive in the modern world. (In order to F.I.T. daily activity into your daily life just remember this simple acronym:)
Frequency: The first consideration is training often enough. I say treat it like brushing your teeth and make it a daily habit. At a minimum you should strive for about 2-3 hours of focused activity per week.
Intensity: Any effort is better than none, but as you progress you should strive for higher and higher levels of intensity. Aim for 60%-80% of your maximum heart rate (220-your age).
Teamwork: In times past, we had to band together in tribes in order to survive. Find a group or individual to partner up with and push each other towards staying consistent with good health habits.
Do you have a tip or technique that helps you exercise more consistently? I’d love to hear about it! Please comment below