Monday, September 22, 2014

Your Body on Exercise !

What really happens during exercise ? Do you ever wonder why they call it the "runners high" or how much better you feel post workout ( even if you didn't want to workout)? Exercise has so many benefits that go far beyond the sweat session in the gym. Immediately your body starts to respond to exercise by burning calories, boosting your mood, and increase blood flow throughout your body. As little as 30 minutes of cardio three to five days a week will add six years to your life, according to research done at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Do that plus a couple of days of resistance training and you'll not only live longer but also look younger, feel happier, have more energy, and stay slim.

As you workout:
Your lungs are getting stronger!! Yes breathing HEAVY is important when you workout. It conditions the heart and lungs to make everyday living a little bit easier.

Your motivation is at its peak. Thanks to a flood of endorphins, which trigger the classic runner's high, you feel psyched and energized.

Your getting conditioned. Your body is meant to move and work, don't be scared to sweat a little (or a lot)!!! Sweating is good for your body releasing toxins and eliminating waste. Not to mention the harder you work, the more you are burning calories which aids in weight loss along with healthy eating.

Within one hour of exercise:

You're protecting yourself against colds, flu, you name it. Exercise elevates your level of immunoglobulins, which are proteins that help bolster your immune system and ward off infection.

You're feeling zen. Mood-enhancing chemicals, like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, flood your brain for a couple of hours post-exercise and for up to a day if you've competed in an endurance event.

You're hungry. Now that you've burned through your energy stores, your blood sugar levels are dropping. Just how low they go depends on how much you ate or drank before your workout and how long and intensely you exercised. Don't forget to fill up with a quick post workout shake and then a full balanced meal about 1 hour later !!

You're blasting calories, even at rest. For every 100 calories you burn during your workout, you can expect to burn 15 calories after Muscle also burns more at rest than fat does so start weight training to increase your post workout burn!!

Within one day of exercise:

You're adding lean muscle. If you did a strength-training routine, your muscles are now starting to rebuild themselves and repair the microscopic tears that come with lifting weights.

You're super alert and focused post-exercise. That's because a good workout increases the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain.

Now that your on a good routine, if you continue to exercise for one full year here are your benefits:

Working out is way easier. Your endurance and aerobic fitness can increase by up to 25 percent after eight to 12 weeks of regular training. In a year your endurance can more than double.

You're a fat-melting machine. Your cells are now super efficient at breaking down fat and using it as fuel.

You've cut your cancer risk. In a study of more than 14,800 women, those who had the highest levels of aerobic fitness were 55 percent less likely to die from breast cancer than those who were sedentary. Women considered moderately fit had about a 33 percent lower risk of developing the disease. Exercise may also help protect against endometrial, lung, and ovarian cancer.

You're adding years to your life.Fitness buffs have better telomeres, the DNA that bookends our chromosomes and protects them from damage, which can slow the aging process.


Now go ahead, tell me one reason WHY you don't have the time to exercise at least 3 times a week? Go out there and get it done !!!!

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