How many of you consider fitness and important part of your life? What fitness activity do you enjoy?
Good afternoon fellow toastmasters and guests, today for my speech I would like to talk to you about what is fitness for me and why do I consider it an important part of any person’s life.
Let me start by saying that for me fitness is not an activity that you have to do because you are overweight and you want to look good. I grew up with this misconception, In my country, every time you feel that you are gaining weight you join a gym for a month, do lots of cardio activity so you lose the extra weight and then go back to a yoyo diet and a sedentary life and stay in it as long as you’re looking good. I mentioned this to one of my fitness friends and she said, “I would never imagine that! Every time I watch miss Universe the most beautiful figures are Latinas, you will imagine they are constantly working out” I said, well “These ladies would work out very hard and diet to be very good for the event but that’s not something constant in their lives, many of them will just visit a plastic surgeon to help them reach their goals”
Now that I better understand what fitness is all about, for me, fitness means being able to perform a constant physical activity that helps me to have the energy and strength to feel as good as possible. The weight control is just one more of the added benefits.
You don't have to be an athlete to be fit. You don’t have to run for an hour every day. All you need to do is become more active so that you feel better. Improving your fitness is good for your heart, lungs, bones, muscles, and joints. And it lowers your risk for diseases such as heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Being more fit also can help you to maintain a healthy weight, sleep better, handle stress better, and keep your mind sharp.
Fitness also allows you to keep a more positive attitude towards dreams and goals. People who...