Don’t Put Off That Workout
By Susie Cortright
Need a little extra motivation? Here's a quick list of the ways
that today's workout will boost your mind, body and soul.
the quality of your sleep.
boosts your metabolism.
charges your immune system for one to three hours after each
increases your circulation.
eliminates toxins through the sweat glands and lymph system.
regulates blood sugar levels.
lowers blood pressure.
lowers your risk of stroke. Even low-intensity workouts such
as walking and biking can lower this risk by 23 percent, reports
the American Heart Association. A job entailing physical activity
can lower it by 49 percent.
increases muscle mass.
strengthens your heart and lungs.
reduces your risk of various kinds of cancer, including breast
slashes your risk of developing coronary heart disease, the leading
cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Burning
2,000 calories per week in your workout and daily activities
reduces your risk of heart disease by 40 percent.
helps you control anxiety.
provides an appropriate outlet for aggression and tension.
helps you lose weight. Exercise is critical to any weight loss
strategy, and it may be an even more significant factor than
diet. A study in Great Britain involved researchers tracking
1,000 female twins. Researchers considered all factors that might
influence the women's weight, including smoking, hormone therapy,
diet, and physical exercise. Physical activity had the most profound
effect on weight. Even the women whose physical activity consisted
of relatively low intensity exercises, such as golf and bowling,
had less body fat -- particularly dangerous abdominal fat.
helps keep your body looking great. Your clothes fit better and
your posture improves.
improves your self-esteem.
improves your sex life. One study reports that physically active
women are more likely to describe themselves as assertive, sexy
and physically strong. A majority of them also said exercise
helped to boost their career, relationships, self-esteem, and
enhances your mood and relaxes your body by increasing blood
flow to the brain and triggering the release of endorphins.
increases creativity and alertness.
energizes you like nothing else. The energy boost from cardiovascular
exercise is instantaneous and lasts for hours.
© Susie Cortright
Susie Cortright is the creator of Momscape and More Energy
for Moms, an interactive mind/body/spirit fitness
program designed exclusively for moms. Read
more about Susie.