Physical Exercise and Weight Loss
If your goal was simply to lose 60 pounds by the end of the year for example physical exercise could certainly help you achieve that. But let us say there is an emotional, nutritional or spiritual imbalance which you have tactfully ignored for years. It has showed up as dysfunctional relationships, a health disorder, financial debt or an unfulfilled career.
What do you think will happen when you successfully achieve that super sexy body and your work colleagues are lining up to get you under the mistletoe at the Christmas party? You may well have reached your goal of physical perfection only to realise the void you feel inside is still painfully overweight.
At Sharing Self-Improvement our approach to physical exercise is from a holistic perspective which forms the framework of a healthy life bursting with goodness and vitality. It is not a separate route that leads to a distinct goal but rather an integrative journey that interconnects the mind, body and spirit complex. This ultimately leads to your well-being, happiness, peace and success.
- Exercise will help with Weight Loss
It is a simple equation, physical activity burns calories. This is the ultimate goal of your weight loss programme. Burning more calories than you take in along with a sensible exercise plan will reduce excess fat. 3500 calories is the rough estimate for the energy contained in 1 pound of fat.
So to loose 1 pound per week, you would need to create a deficit of 3500 calories per week. Engaging in physical activity 3 to 4 times a week for an average of 30 minutes would be a good starting point.
However much more importantly, you must consult with your doctor before you embark on any type of fitness regime.
- Exercise promotes good health
Keeping active boosts good cholesterol (HDL) or high-density lipoprotein and decreases unhealthy triglycerides (a type of fat). Keeping both in check with regular exercise will ensure a smooth running blood flow of oxygen and nutrients around your body. This reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke and a wide range of health problems. It also aids a healthy immune system.
- Exercise reduces depression
- Exercise boosts energy
Exercise helps the transportation of oxygen and nutrients around your body. It naturally promotes the efficiency of your cardiovascular system, which works hand in hand, or more appropriately works heart to lung with increased energy!
With increased energy not only will you get more done, you will enjoy getting it done and it all becomes a breeze!
With increased strength and stamina doing more will feel like you are actually doing less! The good news is that whilst you are doing more, you will improve your muscle strength and tone, so doing more will look as good as ever!
- Exercise increases bone strength
As you get older the rate that calcium is lost in your bones increases. This condition is called osteoporosis. With a regular exercise programme that incorporates resistance training to increase bone density, you can arrest the degenerative condition. The increase in muscle mass will also improve your resting metabolism.
- Exercise helps you sleep
Better sleep, light on your feet!
Isn’t that how your feel when you’ve had a great night’s sleep? You are energized and ready to take on the day, and even dance the night away!Physical exercise will help you sleep tight and peacefully throughout the night.
- Exercise helps you focus
Regular physical exercise has been proven to increase mental clarity and agility. Research has shown that it can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and senility. A morning jog around the park is a great way to clear out the mental cobwebs and keep you focused and alert for that taxing day ahead at the office.
- Exercise works wonders for your sex life!
Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal in women. Men who engage in regular exercise are less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (E.D). So putting some pep in your step really can spice up your sex life!
- Exercise is FUN!!
From salsa to soccer, physical activity can be so much fun and a great way to make new friends and stay connected with old friends and family. Take a hike, a trip on your bike whatever you choose make it a feature on your social calendar and HAVE SOME FUN!
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