Why You Should Start Exercising Today!

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Are you looking to get started with an exercise routine? I always recommend starting with a look at your nutritional habits, but adding exercise once you have started a nutrition plan - will only improve your health. Let’s go!

Exercise Benefits

Controls weight

Consistently exercise will help control your weight, but don’t forget that what you eat is even more important!

Balances hormones

Exercise helps numerous hormones in the body. For example, exercise can improve insulin sensitivity and help balance blood sugar. Exercise also can affect your appetite regulating hormones and how the body expends its energy.

Reduce risk of disease

Exercise has been shown to decrease the risk of chronic disease, like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and mood disorders.

Improves mood

Both serotonin and dopamine are positively affected by exercise and can help with depression and anxiety.

Increases energy levels

Exercise will increase your heart rate, get your blood moving and release endorphins. Together, this increases your energy levels!

Improves sleep

Numerous studies show that regular exercise helps get you a better night’s rest.

Healthier muscles and bones

Exercise will increase muscle mass and bone strength.

Increases lifespan

Studies show that regular exercise can increase your lifespan as it decreases the onset of chronic illnesses, increases your cardiovascular health, and improves mental health.

Benefits of Exercise

What Can You Do?

It doesn’t have to be hard!!!

Your mindset is the first thing that we have to start training.

There’s no need to overdo it when you start out exercising. Is finding time a factor for you? Start by setting your alarm 15 minutes early. That’s it! On the next day, get up 15 minutes early and get your workout clothes on. On the third day, get up 15 minutes early, get your workout clothes on and stretch! If it takes small steps for you to get going, that is OK!

Do something small and easy.

If you haven’t been exercising, start with a slow, low impact exercise - like walking! You can always build up over time. The MOST important thing is to be consistent!

Choose something you enjoy

This is probably the most important tip! You won’t stick to an exercise routine if you aren’t enjoying yourself! If you aren’t sure what to do, just start with a walk.

Change it up

If you are well on your way in your exercise routine, it’s always a good idea to change it up from time to time! Try something new, you may find something else that you enjoy. It is also great motivation so that you don’t get bored.

Listen to your body

Always listen to your body! Rest is equally as important as exercise itself. Your body needs time to replenish energy, repair tissue, and build muscle.

Consistency is key

Being consistent is the most important part of your health journey, whether it is exercise or eating a healthy diet. Do whatever works for you - that could be scheduling exercise on your calendar, setting specific workout goals for yourself, or simply changing up your routine.

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