Monday, November 8, 2010

The Hidden Benefits of Exercise

Did you hear about all the ways that exercising benefits you and your life?

I know before I talked about how it helps you sleep, and I know you already know that exercising is good for you, but why? I love learning interesting facts like these, especially when I'm in my rut of no-motivation as the cold weather approaches. These are thanks to Fitness Magazine. Here are your words & facts of inspiration to get a move on, enjoy!

*As little as 30 minutes of cardio 3-5 days a week will add SIX YEARS to your life!*

As you work out:
  • Your lungs are getting stronger
  • Your motivation is at its peak (endorphins make you feel psyched and energized!)
  • You're fighting flab
Within one hour of exercise:
  • You're protecting yourself against colds, flu...BEING SICK! *Every sweat session you do can help strengthen your immune function for about 24 hours!*
  • You're feeling zen (apparently, the feeling that you get is "Stress? What stress?")
  • Fit Tip: Do intervals! *Women who did interval training in a recent study had a bigger boost in mood immediately following their workout than those who worked out at a steady pace*
  • You're blasting calories, even when you're resting
  • Fit Tip: Strength train at least twice a week so you will turbo charge your metabolism so you'll continue to burn calories for up to 38 hours
  • *Immediate food fix for after you work out and you feel light-headed or even nauseated: a banana, half a bagel or any high-carb food will refuel you.*
Within one day of exercise:
  • You're adding lean muscle
  • Your heart is healthier
  • You're a quick study (You're super alert and focused post-exercise. Hel-lo finals!)
  • Fit Tip: *After a workout is the perfect time to memorize a speech or tackle a tough project!*
Within one week of regular exercise:
  • Your risk of diabetes goes down
  • You're slimmer (duh)
  • You're getting stronger
  • Fit Tip: Once you can do 15 reps a set, switch to a weight that's 2 pounds heavier and go back to 10 reps. Then work your way back up to 15 again and repeat the process.
  • You're blasting belly fat. *After 4 weeks of regular workouts, your body is ditching flab and gaining muscle! Overweight people who took part in a 4 week program in an Australian study reduced ab flat by 12%!*
  • *To trim your tummy, do fewer crunches and more planks*
  • You've got more brainpower
WIthin one year of regular exercise:
  • Working out is way easier (your endurance can more than double in one year!)
  • Your heart rate is lower (your heart is pumping more efficiently)
  • You're a fat-melting machine (woah)
  • You've cut your cancer risk
  • You're adding years to your life!
  • You feel fantastic :)
See you at the gym!

Now ya heard, spread the word.

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