Brushing Your Teeth and Fitness

Posted on October 25th, 2010 by Mic in Female Fitness Resources

Three toothbrushes, photo taken in Sweden
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So what in the world does brushing your teeth have to do with fitness?

Do you remember when you were a kid and how you never wanted to brush your teeth?

“Why do I have to brush my teeth” you probably screamed – or was it just me?

Or how about this excuse – “I just brushed them yesterday, why do I have to do it again?”

But, guess what?  I brush my teeth every day, at least twice a day.  And I will bet that almost everyone else does also.

This is just one of those daily habits that we all have. 

A habit is the key word in the above sentence.  This is what your fitness program should be also.

A daily habit.

Sure, you might kick and scream to start with, but if you keep doing it pretty soon it will be a daily habit.  And your life will be much better for it.

Sure, you can say that brushing your teeth only takes a couple of minutes a day. 

Still, you know that brushing your teeth has benefits.  Like a nicer smile, better smelling breathing, no particles inbetween your teeth and better dental health. 

So you do it.  Every day and ususally a couple of times a day.

And you know that a good fitness level has benefits.  Better health, more strength, more energy, better looking body and many more.

But, being fit takes more time per day than just brushing your teeth.

You have been led to believe that you need 60, 90 or even 120 minutes a day to exercise like so many fitness gurus will tell you. 

Up until a few years ago this was the fitness mantra.  Fortunately, that time has come down to a more resonable level. 

Today there are exercise programs that are higher intensity for shorter periods of time. 

However they are all longer than a couple of minutes. 

So you fight and scream and say you just can’t do it.  You don’t have the time or you just exercised last week, why do you have to do it again :-).
To get over this problem of not being fit, you have to make getting fit a habit. 

Now, it would be easy if you really liked to exercise.  It would be easy if you had your parents yelling at you to exercise like they did when they told you to brush your teeth.

But, ususally those things aren’t in place in your life now.

So it is up to you. 

You have to actually start doing it.  Now you don’t have to start doing 20-30-60 minutes or more.

In fact that is crazy if you are just trying to start. 

Here is a quick and easy way to make fitness a habit. 

Get up a few minutes earlier in the morning.  Like 5 minutes. 

Take 1 minute and just stretch.  (you’ll find more info on exactly what to do in my fitness modules – coming soon). 

Take one minute and do one simple exercise.  Example.  For squats, just sit down in a chair and get up again.  Repeat for the full minute. 

Do a complex exercise.  Example.  Lay down on your stomach and do a pushup (push up and go down), turn over on your back and raise your arms and legs into a “V” position.  Turn over and do a pushup.  Turn over and do another “V”.  Repeat for 1 minute. 

Lay down on your back.  Put your hands on your abdomen.  Breath in and feel your abdomen expand.  Hold you breath for 4 seconds.  Force the air out by contracting your abdominal muscles.  Repeat for 1 minute.

That is 4 minutes.  This still leaves you one minute to brush your teeth.

That is it. 

Start with these 4 simple exercises and do them every day for the rest of your life.  (Please note if you have injuries please feel free to substitute any exercises you need to.)

Make it your daily habit.   Just doing these simple things will do 2 things.

It will get you in the habit of doing something for your fitness everyday.  It will improve your fitness levels.  It will improve your energy levels. 

And the best part is, that you will find that you want to start doing more.  And you will get even fitter. 

You can do this routine, or similar ones a couple of times a day or even several if you like. 

The more times you do the routine the fitter you will become. 

So you see, brushing your teeth and fitness do have something in common.


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