From Negative to Positive

Too nervous to join a gym? Don’t know how to get started? Think you can’t do it? Feel like you don’t have time for exercise?

Then you are thinking of every reason not to work out. You can come up with dozens of excuses, and they will be just that – excuses! It’s normal to have some negative thoughts, but you can turn them into positives. Concentrate on these positives:

1) Studies show that to lose weight and maintain the weight loss, you must exercise regularly. Diets alone don’t work longterm.

2) Exercise drives up metabolic rates.

3) Regular exercise will, on average, increase both the length and quality of your life.

4) Your heart will be stronger, blood pressure lower, lungs stronger, and you will reduce the risk of narrowing of the arteries.

5) Physical fitness goes hand-in-hand with mental fitness. Exercise relieves stress and tension, increases energy, and aids in the treatment of mild to moderate depression.

Overcome the temptation to put it off. Begin a regular exercise program, and you will feel better physically and mentally.

Come into Innovations Fitness. We will help you get started on making that positive change.

Frank Thomas is owner of Innovations Fitness. For more information you may contact him at 770-898-9691 or at innovationsfitness@gmail.com.

The $85 Billion Big Hurt

Back pain is the second leading cause of disability for those ages 19-45. Over 85 billion dollars is spent annually due to back pain. Often it is a chronic pain that has been brought on by years of degenerative changes.

Factors which increase your risk for low back pain include obesity, smoking, advanced age, being female, physically strenous or sedentary work, a stressful job, anxiety and depression.

Exercise is a great way to prevent back pain and to alleviate minor pain.  More serious pain may require medical treatment or physical therapy.

Some back care tips:

1) When sitting, position your hips and knees at a 90-degree angle.

2) Choose a properly designed chair to support your lower back.

3) Place your feet shoulder width apart and use the buttock and thigh muscles to push yourself up from sitting to standing.

4) Keep your back in its natural alignment when walking.  The legs and arms should swing naturally during forward motion.

5) When lifting, place the feet a minimum of shoulder width apart, keep the load close, maintain a straight spinal position, and lift with the large muscles of the legs.

6)  Avoid twisting and bending of the lower back.

Using common sense, exercising regularly, and implementing these tips should decrease your chances of suffering from chronic back pain.

Let us help you get started today on an exercise program that will decrease your risks of chronic back pain.  Check us out at www.innovationsfitness.com.