Congratulations to ALL those who ran yesterday! I may not have been there, but I was cheering everyone on from afar. I can’t imagine the feelings and emotions that all must have felt, but I am very relieved nothing tragic happened!
We all know we should exercise, but why? What is it doing to us in the long run? Let’s take a look!
There are a lot of benefits to exercise. I’m only going to touch on a few.
1. It will make you happy. You might beg to differ if you don’t like to exercise, but the more you do it, the more you will crave it. Endorphin’s are a real thing. Even exercising for 20 minutes (the minimum time to achieve endorphin’s) will increase your mood. Days I am blah and feeling crappy, I take it to the treadmill or lift some weights. I’m always feeling better after.
2. Lower risk of death. Exercising keeps your heart healthy, which means you live a longer time. We all want that, right?
3. Lower risk of cardiovascular heart disease. Exercise affects (in a good way) your cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing your risk for heart disease.
4. Lower risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes. Let’s be real- you don’t want any of those. If exercising even the minimum amount will prevent these, why aren’t you doing it?
5. Lower risk of cancer. I found this one to be amazing and There is a lower risk for color cancer and breast cancer with regular physical activity!
6. Reduced depression. Again, endorphin’s make you happy.
7. Weight loss. Now, not everyone has weight to lose, and you shouldn’t exercise solely for this reason. If you have weight to lose, exercise will help you, combined with a healthy diet.
8. Improved fitness and more muscle. This goes without saying. If you exercise and lift weights, you will increase your muscular strength, and have more muscle tone and definition!
Now don’t you want to get out and exercise?!
Last week, one of my friends mentioned she wanted to start lifting (she just started running, yay!) and had been reading articles on how she should be doing strength training twice a week. She didn’t know where to start, so I (as excited as could be!) helped make her a running and lifting schedule. She doesn’t have equipment at home, and I am all about using what you do have before buying new things, so I made her a no equipment arms and abs workout. Before she buys weights, I feel she should have a solid beginning of exercises (and to make sure she sticks with it!). I actually did this workout on Friday, and it was a perfect way to work the muscles at the end of my yoga workout and a walk.
Remember, you can switch up the reps, you can add weight to it if you have dumbbells, or repeat it for 4 total times and not 3!
Why do you exercise?
It makes me ridiculously happy and I feel great about myself.
If you work out at home, what equipment do you have?
Treadmill, elliptical, kettlebells, resistance bands, dumbbells, stability ball.