3 Benefits of Exercise You Might Have Forgotten About

While I am at an all-day training today, I thought I would share this great blog on the benefits of exercise.

Posted on April 28, 2012

 

 

Exercise is good for us and we all know it. However, sometimes knowing is not enough to actually get us up off our feet! Here are 3 benefits of exercise that might provide a bit more motivation to get moving. ;)

 

1. It boosts your energy: When we’re tired, the last thing we want to do is work out. Sometimes going to the gym seems like a chore and we often find ourselves making excuses to avoid going. What I always tell myself when I’m in that state is, “Catherine, remember how good you will feel after!”  I don’t think I’ve ever exercised and felt bad afterwards. Sure, I may have felt sore after a work out, but that shows me I’m being productive and makes me feel good. Studies suggest that exercise fights fatigue, so even if it is just hopping on the bike for 20 minutes or going for a 30 minute walk, exercise can give you that extra boost you need to go about your day! You’ll feel re-energized, refocused, and in a better mood, like this girl:

 

2. It makes you smarter: This Canadian study found that women ages 70-80 with mild cognitive impairment improved their attention, problem-solving, and decision making brain functions by doing resistance training twice a week. Moreover, another study showed that adults ages 55-80 who completed 40 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 times a week increased the size of their hippocampus, the area of the brain involved in memory forming and spacial reasoning. You’re not just working your body when you go for a walk, you’re working and preserving your brain!

3. It improves the sex drive: If you’re somebody looking to revitalize or improve your sex life, exercise may be the answer. There are many studies out there that suggest that exercise can increase sexual response in men and women and decrease the chance of dysfunction. You can also think about it this way: cardio endurance, muscular endurance, and improved strength and flexibility are all benefits of exercise…I think many would agree these all contribute to your sex life, too!

Fitting in a bit of physical activity each day won’t require a huge change in lifestyle, but as you can see, it could go a very long way.

Now, I’m off to the gym!

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Power Your Positive Momentum

Yesterday, I made a long list of things that I want to achieve in 2012. Chances are, you may have made a resolution or two, as well.

Right now, you may be fired up to get to the gym, or to start that new diet, or to begin the process for whatever it is you have decided to change.

If so, woo hoo! Deciding to change is a huge step. Let’s harness that positive energy you are feeling right now and keep it going!

One way to do that is to look at your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and see if they are supporting your new actions, or if they will soon be sending your positive intentions off the road and into the bushes.

For instance, how sustainable will your commitment to workout be if you are thinking thoughts like:

  • “I hate exercise.”
  • “I hate to sweat.
  • “I have to work out perfectly everyday or there’s no sense in doing it.”
  • “Exercise is no fun.”
  • “I am hating every moment of this.

Those kinds of thoughts will drive your exercise plan right off the road and into a tree!

How do they make you feel? How much do they fuel your belief that you can meet your goal versus you can’t? What direction are they pointing you in?

Chances are if you’re thinking thoughts like these, you aren’t going to be able to jump right away to the idea that, “exercise is fun and you love it.” How honest does that feel? So begin by easing up on your thoughts just a little bit.

For instance:

  • “This may be hard, but I really want to meet my goal.”
  • “I know when I get this done I’m going to feel better.”
  • “I can do anything for 10 minutes.”
  • “I don’t have to be perfect, but I do need to be consistent.”
  • “As I build up my endurance with this, I’ll be able to try new activities, and maybe I’ll find one that I really enjoy.”
  • “Each small step I’m taking is moving me closer to my goal.”
  • “I don’t have to love it to do it.”
  • “My desire to reach my goal is bigger then how I feel about exercise.”
  • “Once I get this done, I don’t have to think about it again today.”
  • “I want to do this because I want to be healthy, fit, and lean.”

Easing up a little on your thoughts feels better and fuels your positive beliefs that you can do something.

Aligning your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs to support your actions is like making sure your car is in drive, you have a solid hold on the steering wheel, and you have plenty of gas in the tank as you ease down on the gas pedal.

What can you do to notice if your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs are moving you where you want to go? If they aren’t, what can you do to begin to change them?

Together we can do it!

 

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