According to research from Penn State and the University of Maryland, an average person exercises around two hours each week. That is just half how much is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Washingtonian) [site source: comfyliving.net]
Many of us could use more fitness activity in our lives. That’s pretty much a given.
Less than 25% of the US population gets enough physical activity.
The issue is our willingness to make time to get active. The key is to decide and determine that we will get off the couch and get active.
By increasing our activity, we stand a good chance of reducing health risks and increasing our own productivity.
Using fitness as a means for gaining focus is nothing new.
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance.
The benefits of increasing our physical activity span beyond just losing weight and gaining strength.
A small study found that when mindfulness was combined with exercise, participants showed improvements in stress, depression, and anxiety.
According to an article by Sophia Aubrey for The Sydney Morning Herald, “After a month of regular exercise, you will be noticing improvements to your strength and fitness.” Additionally, per www.livestrong.com: “After a month or two of working out 30 minutes a day, you may have increased confidence, a boost in mood, better sleep, and enhanced muscle tone.”
The Mayo Clinic outlines 7 benefits of regular physical activity.
Fitness for Focus
I find that working out helps me gain focus. Also, regular workouts help me maintain a routine in an otherwise hectic schedule. But my focus is improved because I have spent time engaged in physical activity and my aha moments seem to pop up more frequently.
I use physical fitness to gain more focus.
It doesn’t matter if I am walking while listening to the Bible or jazz. It doesn’t matter if I’m jogging or running while I’m listening to an audiobook or a podcast. ( I rarely listen to my own podcast during workouts.) When I’m active, I get inspired and gain more focus.
I find focus during those workouts, runs, hikes and walks. I also find motivation and inspiration. I mean who can listen to David Goggins or anything from Rachel Hollis and not get motivated and make a move towards a goal.
To break 90 on my scorecard consistently, I don’t need to just hit the driving range consistently.
I need to use physical fitness to gain focus, so that I can combine that with my driving range regimen and practice rounds.
I force myself to find the time to fit in some fitness somewhere throughout my week.
I’m in need of the focus when the golf rounds go haywire. I need that focus when I come close but fall short of my golf goals.
Focus is a key benefit of fitness for me and my golf game. And becoming more active helps me gain more focus.
Find Your Fitness Fit
What anyone needs to do when it comes to fitness is to find what what fits.
I’ve got friends who would never dare think of playing a round hopping in and out of a golf cart. For them, walking the course is par for the course. Others focus on lightening their golf bag and slinging their equipment across their back from hole to hole for a full round of 18.
You’ve got to find what fits you. Find your own fitness fit.
- Look at high impact physical activity like kickboxing, jiu jitsu or boxing. These include benefits related to both physical and mental health.
- Consider adding a long walk or run, even a hike to your weekend activities.
- Strength training with machines or free weights help with muscle tone and overall physical strength. Be sure to schedule in rest days between strength training workout days.
- Use deep body stretching or yoga for part of your physical activity regimen.
- Walk 9 holes or an executive course full of par 3 holes.
- Change your daily diet. Look at keto or intermittent fasting combined with hitting the gym at least 3x’s per week.
Get into the habit of doing some body movements daily. Do some kind of physical activity daily and help yourself gain some focus among other benefits.
Be good to yourself and keep swinging.