Image result for ExerciseWe all know that exercise is good for us, but do you know what the benefits really are and why,
BENEFITS
~Boosts your self-confidence. This happens when you achieve the fitness goals you set for yourself. Nothing feels better than setting a goal, putting in the hard-work, and reaching your goals! Exercise also produces endorphins which enhances your mood and makes you less stressed.
~Lowers percentage of body fat. Lifting weights builds muscle and muscle burns fat. Even after a work-out is over your body continues burning calories.
~More energy. Your blood flows better which increases oxygen levels going to your muscles. This makes it easier to flex muscles needed to climb stairs, walk, pick up objects, etc.
~Lowers high blood pressure. Exercise reduces blood volume making it easier to flow throughout your body. High blood pressure can be detrimental to your health.
TIPS
~Ensure that the weights you are lifting are heavy enough, but not too heavy that you injure yourself. To build muscle you want to find a weight where you can only lift or push it 8-12 times. If you’re wanting to maintain your current muscle mass you should lift weights that you can lift 12-16 times.
~Working-out in the morning is more beneficial than working-out in the evening. When you work-out in the morning it increases your metabolism all day. It also gives you more energy. The last thing you want is to have more energy before you go to bed at night. It’s true that exercising improves sleep, but exercising 4 hours before bed is not recommended; you could be up way later than you want. You should also work-out in the morning, because you will be more likely to exercise than if you wait until after work when you’re exhausted.
~Let those important in your life know about your exercise goals. This will keep you on-track, because you will have someone supporting you and they will be there to follow up on your successes. They may also want to join, if you ask.
~Set out a specific time to work-out. Exercising 3-4 times a week is recommended. If you set a specific time then working-out will become part of your routine and your lifestyle.
~Most importantly: if you fall off track, do not worry about it. We all slip once in a while. Just get back on board with your goals and keep going.

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