Get Off the Couch and Walk: Study Shows How Fitness Can Improve Quality of Life

When I embarked on my latest fitness campaign to live my BEST LIFE NOW about a year ago I had to embrace regular exercise. The fact is that in order to be healthy, feel vibrant, and honor your temple you must have an active lifestyle and have a proper nutrition plan.

So when I read The Benefits of Middle-Age Fitness article in the NY Times I was delighted to read research on the benefits of fitness.

Interestingly, the effects of fitness in this study statistically were greater in terms of delaying illness than in prolonging life. While those in the fittest group did tend to live longer than the least fit, perhaps more important was the fact that they were even more likely to live well during more of their older years.

I’ve learned that finding some form of physical fitness that I like keeps me interested and motivated.

 “You don’t have to become an athlete,” says Dr. Willis, who himself has little time for exercise but tries to fit in a daily walk. “Just getting up off the couch is key.”

Until you can find an exercise that you like AT LEAST get off the couch!

Look at exercise and nutrition as an investment in your present and your future quality of life.

 So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 AMP)

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Serena Williams, the Comeback Tennis Champion

I’ve had the chance to watch Serena Williams compete at the US Open at Flushing Meadows several times. I’m always blown away by Ms. Williams’ enthralling passion during her matches.

Watching her play tennis will have you venturing to your nearest sports store to purchase a tennis racket and head to the tennis courts. However, you will soon develop a deeper respect for tennis and Ms. Williams’ mastery of the sport. Serena’s fluidity, like other champions, consists of a synergy of hard work, determination, and talent.

Williams’ winning victory over top-ranked Victoria Azarenka at the 2012 US Open championship marks a fourth U.S. Open championship and 15th Grand Slam title overall.

However this match was no walk on the tennis court. Two points from losing the U.S. Open final, Williams resiliently rallied to beat top-ranked Victoria Azarenka. Williams also came all the way back from the health problems that kept her from competing for 10 months in 2010-11.

When the going gets toughest, WIlliams tends to overcome adversity and shine.

“I really was preparing my runner-up speech.”

But Serena chose a new thought and achieved victory.

“I never give up. I never, never quit,” Williams said after the first three-set U.S. Open women’s final since 1995. “I have come back so many times in so many matches.”

Serena tapped into the equation for success! Whenever you’re in a dire situation recognize the power of positive thoughts plus action.

“So many people on tour are like, ‘Oh, you just show up and you win matches.’ I just smile and I let them believe that,” Williams told reporters. “The fact of the matter is I probably work harder than anyone else on the WTA Tour or else I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you guys.”

Sounds like Serena knows about Ant-Mode!

Winning titles 13 years apart at the same Grand Slam tournament represents the longest span of success in the professional era, which began in 1968.

She is the first woman in her 30s to win the U.S. Open since Navratilova in 1987.

She is the first woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season since 2002, when – yes, that’s right – Williams did it.


Congratulations Serena! You are truly inspiring!



Sources: RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports WriterHOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer

Image Credit: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images