9 signs that the body is out of shape
When normal activities like bending down to tie a shoelace or walking short distance make it too exhausting, then these signs might indicate that a person is out of shape. Basically, a person goes out of shape when she does not move enough. That is the reason why various discomforts and exhaustions are felt, even when doing normal activities.
According to health experts, it is recommended for adults to exercise at least 30 minutes, five days a week in order to keep or get back in shape. When the signs below are already felt, then its time to get back on track and start living active and healthy all over again.
1. Simple Activities Cause Exhaustion
If a simple walking on a short distance or lugging in groceries from the car makes a person exhausted, then this might be a sign that she is out of shape and he/she needs to pay attention with her cardiovascular health. In order to improve the body's health, simple activities would be of great help, such as taking the stairs instead of elevator or increasing the distance to walk.
Aside from exercising, eating healthy and low-calorie food plus living a healthy lifestyle will help to make the body more active and prevent exhaustion from simple activities.
2. Feeling Restless Despite a Complete Hour of Sleep
Had eight hours of sleep, yet still feel restless and groggy in the morning? This is a sign that a person is out of shape. Exercising helps to improve the quality of sleep because it tires out the body, and in turn, improves the sleeping quality and pattern, If a person gets enough rest, then she can have enough energy to make it through the day that any amount of tea or coffee cannot give.
Aside from the feeling of restlessness, insufficient sleep can also be caused by an unhealthy body. If this issue continues, this may cause other chronic health risks, stress and weight gain.
3. Lower Backpain and Poor Posture
If a person feels a pain at her lower back by just standing in line at the groceries, it indicates that she spends too much time sitting on the couch or slouching on the desk for long hours. Lack of exercise causes back pain because the back and core muscles become weak and eventually, may also result to poor posture.
In order to get back in shape, work toward building muscle strength by doing some crunches and planks daily, plus yoga to prevent stiffness and pain. Avoid too much lazy days to prevent back pain and posture problems.
4. High Resting Heart Rate
Elevated heart rate even without doing any extreme activity is a sign of dehydration, restlessness, not eating or out of shape in general. A lower heart rate or 60-100 beats per minute, usually means the body is more fit, but if the heart feels like it is raising all the time, this might mean the body is quite out of shape.
When the body is physically out of shape, it needs cardio exercise or aerobic activities, such as running and cycling in order to improve the circulation of the blood which can help lower resting heart rate. With the help of fitness watches, the progress of the heart rate can be tracked at any given time.
5. Body Sore After a Workout for Days
Post-exercise body soreness or the so-called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that normally lasts from 24-28 hours is normal because an exercise breaks down muscle tissue, and that tissue rebuilds stronger. However, if the body sore stays after more than 48 hours, this might indicate that the person did too much exercise that the body won't able to handle. But that doesn't mean that a person needs to stop exercising, instead, just ease back into it slowly or cut back on the volumes or sets, reps or weight, and slowly work back up.
7. Feeling Depressed or Have Emotional Issues
Being out of shape does not only show in the physical body, but also in the emotional and mental aspect. If a person is feeling the blues on a normal day-for no specific reason, it might mean that the body needs more exercise because it is out of shape.
Exercise is not only good for the body, but also for the mind. It is because during workout, the body releases endorphin which is known as "feel good" hormones that would lift someone's mood and make the blues fly away. Studies have also proven that exercise reduces stress anxiety and stress.
8. Prone to Injuries
Unless it is caused by sudden accident or something else, injuries can be a sign that the body is not functioning properly. Experiencing frequent pains in the back, shoulders and other parts of the body calls for a regular exercise to avoid further damage, strengthen muscles and aid in weight loss journey. These simple injuries must not be taken easy as these may cause further damage when neglected.
9. Craving Junk Foods
The unexplained cravings for junk food can be very detrimental to one's health and might indicate that the body is not functioning well. Being inactive triggers the body to produce a hormone called ghrelin, which can make a person hungry all the time causing the urge to eat unhealthy foods. This can lead to obesity and will eventually put a person's health at risk from various illnesses.
The above-mentioned discomforts are just some of the many signs that the body is already out of shape. If a person feels more than three of the mentioned signs, then it is time to get back on track and be more active by taking more interest in exercise and balance diet.
As an inactive person, starting out is the hardest stage in working out. Working on fitness isn't always the easiest, but it would be all worth it because in the end, a person reaps the benefits of being physically fit. By resorting to healthy diet and regular exercise, all of these things can bring about a positive change in the person's mind and body leading her to be more functional in every way in every day.