Ten More Reasons Why You Need to Start or Continue a Healthy, Active Lifestyle

“Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” (Edward Stanley, 1869)

Did you know inactive people, after the age of 30 lose 3-5% of muscle mass per decade with a parallel decline in muscle strength? This loss of muscle and strength will progress at a faster rate once you reach age 50 and by the time you’re 75 that number could hit 15%.

Do you have difficulty getting a good night sleep? If the answer is yes, remember, caffeine has a half-life of five hours, meaning five hours after your last cup, ½ of the caffeine content is still circulating through your body. Tip: make your last cup of coffee around mid-day to avoid any possible sleep issues.

stair-climbing-pilatus-mountainLooking to increase your activity level? Try using a pedometer, research studies have demonstrated that your activity level will increase by wearing one. Pedometer users walk an additional 2,000 steps/day compared to nonusers, and their overall physical activity levels increase by 27%.

A recent study of 24,000 people suggest that regular nappers are 37% less likely to die from heart disease than those who don’t nap.

Avoid eating while watching TV. You’ll eat up to 288 more calories if you eat in front of the TV, according to research from the University of Massachusetts.

How would we all look and feel if we did not consume (on average) 63 pounds of high fructose corn syrup each year?

Do you need another reason why it’s important to stay active and watch what you eat? Researchers have reported a 2.2% increase in percent body fat per decade in men and a 3.6% increase in women between the ages of 40-81 years old. This is why it’s creeping obesity.

Aerobic capacity can fall 7% in just 14 days after reducing your daily steps from 10,000 to 1500 a day.

Researchers believe that over the course of a year, individuals who increase water consumption by just 1.5 liters a day could burn an extra 17,400 calories and experience a five-pound weight loss.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School determined that those who skip breakfast are 4 ½ times more likely to be obese compared to people who make time to eat in the morning.

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Michael is CEO of Michael Wood Fitness, Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub and Founder of the Sports Performance Group. Named Best of Boston by Boston Magazine and Top 100 Trainer in the U.S by Men's Journal. Michael is a former Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Connecticut and member of Power Bar Team Elite.

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