It all starts when we’re young, we learn to “play outside” or we “play X-Box.” From that point on it is programmed into our lifestyle the true level of activity that is desired and acceptable. As we grow older the divide between an active, healthy lifestyle and a sedentary existence grows until we see life by the numbers. As we reach our thirties and our metabolism slows (the point where we no longer grow up, we now grow out,) we start to pay attention to the doctor’s concern’s after a physical. Triglycerides are too high, Bad Cholesterol is too high while Good Cholesterol is too low, Blood Pressure is high, the numbers are now through the roof. Suddenly we become alarmed and rush to the gym or buy a new mountain bike to begin a “New” healthier lifestyle and raid the local salad bars. Maybe the new desired lifestyle sticks, or then again maybe you ended up with a $500 clothes rack. Regardless, think of where you would be if you had just learned to simply “Play Outside” and instill in yourself healthy living principles for life.

Visit any elementary school gymnasium and you will see that any child has a potential and an innate desire to be active. What they lack in most cases is an outlet or an opportunity to explore their active urges. The more active a child is, the more complete their development will be. Beyond the obvious muscular strength and endurance developments, children gain improved volume of oxygen consumption, neuro-muscular facilitation, balance, range of motion, flexibility and more. Social skills, cognition, intelligence and overall mental health are also improved through consistent athletic play.

As we grow and mature, the foundation of exercise and fitness sets the stage for a healthier adulthood. Among of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle throughout later years are sustained or improved metabolism, bone and joint health, blood pressure, blood lipids and cholesterol. Active adults also enjoy reduced risks for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and even some genetic deficiencies. Professionals and companies who promote a healthy lifestyle see productivity increase while insurance premiums and employee absenteeism decreases.

So many benefits come from a healthy childhood. If you are interested in learning how to live a healthier life for you, your family or even your company, contact us at Carolina Gold Fitness.