We've all heard it before: Eat less, move more. Where does exercise fit into your life?
I used to view exercise as a chore - an activity that had to be done so I didn't feel so guilty about the sugar-fix I had that afternoon or the feast I indulged in at dinner. Now it has become part of my lifestyle that I actually crave. The rush I feel after I workout is amazingly satisfing. I feel strong and empowered to conquer my day. Sure, there are days where I am less motivated. There are also times when I am traveling or my schedule simply does not allow a workout. That's OK - that's life - but I just try to get up the next day and get back on schedule.
Moving your body is beneficial for both your body and mind. Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. It releases certain chemicals in the brain that fight depression, improve mood, and increase your attention span. It also reduces stress, helps you sleep better, and improves your appearance by delaying the aging process.
Exercising with weights and other forms of resistance training develops your muscles, bones and ligaments for increased strength and endurance. Your posture can be improved, and your muscles become more firm and toned.
Stretching exercises are also important for good posture. They keep your body limber so that you can bend, reach and twist. Improving your flexibility through exercise reduces the chance of injury and improves balance and coordination. If you have stiff, tense areas, such as the upper back or neck, performing specific stretches can help "loosen" those muscles, helping you feel more relaxed.
I will help you figure out both how to fit exercise into your life and what kind of exercise works best for you. Whether it's hiking with your family, going to a yoga class, power walking through your neighborhood, or running up and down your stairs for 5 minutes first thing in the morning, where there's a will, there's a way.