If you’ve been staying off social media recently (it’s always good to take a break and reset, am I right?) you may have missed these five fun facts about fitness!
We’ve been mindful about teaching healthy habits in our community and encouraging our members to set boundaries around their screen time, especially with all the extra time at home.
Did you know there is such a thing as residual attention?
According to Cal Newport, who wrote Digital Minimalism, it’s the energy your mind devotes to social media, the tv, and distractions that lasts long after you set your phone down or walk away from the news to return to your task. My mind was blown when I learned about that the other day as well as these five fun facts about fitness we looked into this month while!
- Exercise is one of the best relievers of stress, anxiety and depression, because it releases endorphins and gives your mind something else to focus on. This backs up the point about residual attention we made earlier. When you need a break from your task at hand because you are stuck or overwhelmed, try 10 minutes of exercise instead!
- The average person walks about 70,000 miles in their lifetime. That’s enough to circle the earth almost three times! Do you have a Fitbit? One of our members recently remarked that in the last couple months, she had walked the length of Italy! A whole 730 plus miles! Way to go Jen!
- If all the muscles in your body could pull in the same direction, you could lift 25 tons. Of course, many of our muscles are meant for pulling and stabilizing the joints, so this is a fun fact that can hardly be applied to our every day lives. But did you know that your pulling muscles (back) need to be trained twice as much as your pushing muscles (chest) to prevent imbalances and injuries?
- High intensity interval training (HIIT) is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories. More bang for your buck right here! In 30 minutes of HIIT, you can continue to burn calories for up to 48 hours after a good hard workout!
- Exercising boosts brain activity and helps build new brain cells. Just one more reason to think about how much time we devote to screens that distract us and to find ways to replace those brain cells we just lost!
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