No one doubts at this point that exercise is health, both physical and mental. However, according to Dane’s National Time Use Survey, only 11.5 percent of the Colombian population practices some physical activity every day or go to the gym and one in four people do physical activities to feel better.
The reason? Most people, not only in Colombia but also around the world, claim that they don’t have time, to which is sometimes added a lack of motivation and a lack of interest.
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However, there are studies that show that time ceases to be a factor if we have the support of family and friends or if our doctor simply insists that we be physically active. Furthermore, these investigations reveal that People who exercise regularly organize their time better.
Experts in this field point out that the problem with time management is not so much its scarcity, but rather our tendency to procrastinate. Procrastinate is a recent modern verb which, according to the RAE, means ‘put off, put off’. It comes from the Latin adverb cras (tomorrow, the day after tomorrow).
Well, it turns out that nearly half of all students and about a fifth of adults report being severe and chronic procrastinators. What they probably overlook is that procrastination can not only be counterproductive in our professional and personal daily lives, but also affect our perception of our quality of life.
Procrastination causes anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia, disorders that also increase in frequency if exercise is not practiced. Eventually, the mejid bites its tail.
an internal battle
We usually associate procrastination with being lazy or even somewhat incompetent. But neuroscience tells us that deep down, procrastination is due to an internal biological battle: one waged by our interconnected limbic system and prefrontal cortex.
The limbic system includes a series of brain structures associated with the activation of emotions. It is a very powerful system that, from an evolutionary point of view, appeared on the phylogenetic scale before the prefrontal cortex.
As for this region of the cerebral cortex, it is responsible for generating complex behaviors such as reasoning, problem solving, and social cognition. For all these reasons, it is called the “center of personality” and is considered the most developed brain structure.
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When faced with a situation or task that may seem unpleasant to us, we procrastinate because the limbic system beats the cerebral cortex. We choose to feel better in the moment, we prefer the immediate reward. So that, we postpone the task without considering that this delay can be counterproductive and ultimately generate discomfort.
Exercise is particularly susceptible to procrastination. There are many people who perceive practicing sports as something unpleasant and disgusting. Behind this aversion can be boredom and frustration, which in turn are great predictors of procrastination. All in squares.
Additionally, there are studies that show that engaging in intense physical activity tends to put us in an unpleasant state of activation. Although many of us feel better after intense physical exercise, while doing it, it’s not as pleasant. An initial reluctance to move and being so comfortable at home when considering the option can cause us to procrastinate.
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A recent study that included 621 people (274 women and 347 men) aged between 18 and 83 who practiced some type of physical activity showed that By practicing sports, we perceive that we have a better quality of life and better physical and mental health, and that we are less likely to procrastinate.
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In this study, it was found that if exercise was practiced for at least 150 minutes per week, the perception of one’s own health was much more positive. The English poet Edward Young said, “Lost time is existence; life is used up”. Let’s live then and not limit ourselves in existence.
FRANCISCO JOSE ESTEBAN RUIZ
The Conversation (**)
Professor of Cell Biology, University of Jaen.
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goals and time Physical activity and sports experts recommend starting a healthy routine gradually, but the first thing is to be clear that exercise is a priority and above all to have a clear goal.
One of the most important decisions to focus on when deciding to exercise is choosing the time of day you will exercise.
Planning it ahead of time and putting it on your calendar will help you put it in your mind and invest the time to do it.
It’s best to choose a time of day that fits your schedule or when you feel you feel best. It may be that you feel more active at the beginning of the day or take a break at noon or maybe you prefer the afternoon at the end of the work day, the important thing is to establish a routine and keep the rhythm. When you settle on the latter, you will most likely have the excuse of being tired because you have spent much of the day sitting or doing little physical activity. However, according to experts, the best way to eliminate mental fatigue is to move. Exercise will give you energy and clarity of mind. Of course, you should eat something before, at least half an hour before you start your routine, something light, like nuts or fruit. Also
it’s important that you enjoy the exercise you’re doing, that’s one of the keys to staying focused.
If you enjoy the exercise you are doing, it will no longer seem boring or demanding. In this task that can help you, it is an incentiveHabit and immediate reward