While it might sound a bit far-fetched, it isn’t. Having a reminder of fitness in the home, such as a cross trainer and using it can alter both your future and that of future generations. Of course, the alteration of your future comes from the increased activity and exercise you get using equipment. However, it also changes the lives of your children and even their children.
The Benefits of Staying Fit and Exercising
Most people understand that keeping active is important to their health. However, many don’t realize just how important it is. Some statistics show that people who don’t exercise actually increase their chances of illness and early death far more than it would if they smoked. While quitting smoking is difficult, beginning a simple exercise regimen is actually easier if you do it in increments and exercise every time you have a few moments.
Exercise also increases your metabolism. That means it increases the number of calories you burn even when you aren’t exercising. Exercise also improves your mood by producing endorphins that give you a natural high. Exercise can increase your ability to focus and stay mentally alert. Daily exercise can also help you get a good night’s rest. When people age, they often don’t sleep well at night and one of the reasons is a lack of exercise. Of course, a good night’s sleep helps you in all areas of your life.
Just losing a few pounds from exercising can make a remarkable change in your attitude and family life. When you feel good about yourself, everything goes smoother. You treat your family better, not by spoiling them, but by showing them more affection and an improved attitude. You also find that you’re friendlier at the office, which in turn makes your job go better too.
Not only will you find yourself friendlier at the office, you’ll also find that your productivity increases when you exercise. You don’t have to be overweight to be out of shape and reap the benefits of increasing your daily exercise. In fact, some businesses encourage exercise by offering gym memberships or having a company gym facility for employees to use. That’s because statistics show that employees are more productive and absenteeism due to health issues diminish with a regular program of exercise.
Some people purchase exercise bikes or treadmills for their office. These busy executives often know there are not enough minutes in the day to sneak to the gym, so they exercise when they can at their convenience. They know that it takes more time to go to another facility than it does to bring a set of exercise clothes to the office. Other people with a busy lifestyle often have bikes and/or other exercise machines in their home so they can start off their day right by getting their blood flowing and heart pumping and have a more productive day.
Reasons Exercise Programs Fail
While there are a number of memberships to gyms sold every year, there are far fewer who use those memberships. That’s because finding the time and taking the initiative to drive across town to exercise are difficult tasks. It’s far easier to forget, since out of sight, out of mind is often the route most people take. Of course, most people have a successful two week exercise regimen that ends the same way, going to the gym becomes an every other week activity that eventually disappears.
A busy schedule and lack of time is one of the reasons that exercise programs often fail. Of course, the other is personal motivation. Even exercising 20 minutes or 30 minutes every other day will make you far healthier than if you simply sat and watched television. However, if you purchase a membership to a gym, often it takes far longer than a few minutes to exercise. You have to get to the gym, change your clothes, then work out and finally change and drive home. Even a one-way 10-minute drive time can dig deep into your schedule. It could be the time used to exercise if you had an exercise machine in your home.
The At Home Solution
You can add an elliptical bike, rowing machine or other type of cross training equipment to your home. This can increase the chance of you continuing your exercise program and really making a difference in your life and your health. Frequently these machines cost about the same as a gym membership but you have the advantage of being able to sell the machine or trade it in when you want to get a new one. Something you can’t do if you want to change gyms. You also have the advantage of having the exercise equipment available for your family. This is something that can change your child’s future.
Children Follow Your Example
Children often mimic your behavior. If you smoke, many times, they end up smoking. If you eat too much, they’ll ask for seconds and thirds at the dinner table. If you exercise and eat healthy foods, they also do the same. The type of food you serve on the dinner table is the food they become accustomed to and it makes sense that it’s the food they find the most appealing. Using exercise equipment can become one of the hallmarks of becoming an adult if your child sees you exercising.
In fact, you can increase the chances of your child exercising by limiting their use of the machine to specific times when you’re available to watch. While it’s a good idea for safety’s sake, it’s also an act of reverse psychology equating exercise with growing up and creating a lifelong respect for exercise and fitness. You’ll be doing your child a favor and teaching them lifelong habits that can make the difference in their health in later years. This simple act of exercising at home will not only change your future, but also change your child’s by instilling a healthy attitude toward exercise.