The Now What Fitness Series lays out the foundation of fitness in a concise and simplified manner, making for a collection of books that help the reader truly comprehend how to improve one's health and well-being from A to Z. I've broken fitness down into comprehensive concepts, giving anybody who truly wants to change their health and their lives in profound ways, the step-by-step tools and knowledge to do so.
Why should we care about a healthy lifestyle? If you were to ask most people what are the most important things in their lives, I guarantee at the top of the list would be answers like health and happiness.
All you have to do is get sick to really appreciate how good it feels to feel good, right? Without our health, our quality of life suffers and our happiness along with it.
When you really think about it, it’s crazy not to do what we can—what is in our control—to promote our own health and happiness through making healthy lifestyle choices, don’t you think?
Why should we exercise? Why should we care about what we put in our mouths or about what we eat? Does a healthy lifestyle really make that much of a difference?
BAD NEWS: Heart disease and stroke are, respectively, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States and are four of the ten most costly health conditions affecting employers.
GOOD NEWS: The leading modifiable (controllable) risk factors for heart disease and stroke are:
MORE BAD NEWS: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts found that with every 1 percent increase in body mass index, an individual's annual health care costs goes up $120.
Appalling Obesity Statistics:
If these facts aren't scary enough, go to state of obesity fast facts for a more in-depth look at the staggering stats that we can actually alter if we just get busy!
MORE GOOD NEWS: The benefits of regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training along with a healthy nutrition plan can truly mean the difference between life and death, not to mention save you money in the long run. That may sound like an over dramatization, but in this case the truth is definitely dramatic!
We are finally seeing a trend in rising awareness of the importance of implementation of a healthy lifestyle and its positive effects on not only our lives in terms of health and happiness, but productivity and well-being in general. More and more companies are finally getting on the "fitter is smarter" bandwagon. It's truly a win/win situation. Yay for that! Workplace Wellness is catching on. Check out this encouraging article from The Harvard Business Review.