Exercise: Beyond the Scale

How many of you go out and exercise for the simple purpose of moving your body? Can you exercise without worrying about the intensity level, the amount of weight you lift, how long, the number of repetitions, the type of exercise or if its the right time of day? While these things matter some, the truth is, the benefits to movement extend far beyond the scale and worrying if its “the right” thing to do.

Read on to learn the fabulous benefits to getting out there and simply moving!

1.  Your energy will improve. Our bodies don’t prefer to sit at a desk all day long. Getting up and going out for 13-21 minutes in the middle of your work day will greatly benefit your energy the rest of the day.

2.  You will sleep better. By tiring out your body (and mind), you can improve your sleep at night and, in turn, your productivity the next day.

3.  Exercise improves your mood and even helps with mild anxiety and depression. The endorphins released during exercise impact the brain and your ability to handle certain situations, especially long term.  Research is constantly being done in this area.

4.  Helps combat illness by decreasing stress and improving circulation.

5.  Provides opportunity to build better relationships. By taking time to include friends and family into your movement time allow you to stay connected to those around you.

6.  Decreases and provides a healthy alternative to stress. Be sure to take time to include non structured, fun movement. When a situation seems stressful, go out for a short walk and come back with a different perspective.

7.  Reduces chronic pain. Your joints, bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments all want to move so get up from your desk frequently throughout the day, they will thank you!

8.  Helps build strong bones. As we age, osteoporosis becomes a concern — weight bearing exercise is your best defense against issues with bone density.

9.  Improves your cardio-respiratory system by allowing your heart muscle to work and your lungs to take in deep breaths of fresh air.

10. Aids in digestion. Walking, running, biking, squatting and dancing help the GI tract function more efficiently thus creating a healthier digestive process.

The joy of having the ability to do something, to feel alive and to move your body without the stress of always doing something structured with a specific intensity does wonders for our total body health!

by Lisa Martin , owner and trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call her at (410) 707-0055.

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