Exercise – That 4-Letter Word

Exercise…the four letter word!

How come exercise isn’t a four letter word??? Most of us hate to exercise but we know it is an important factor if you want to lose weight. Working out stimulates the growth of metabolic tissues, meaning that it increases your metabolism. Losing weight with exercise means you will burn more fat. The number on the scale may not seem as impressive at first, but that’s because muscle weighs more than fat and it takes up less space than fat does so you look smaller and your clothes fit better. You don’t have to join a gym if this isn’t something you like. The key is to find something that fits into your lifestyle. Walk with a friend, join a bowling league or volleyball team. Get some DVD’s and exercise in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Walk up and down the stairs. Do sit ups in front of the TV. Get some dumbbells and work out while watching TV. Where there is a will there is a way. The key is to find something you can maintain, and just get started

Some of the advantages of exercise include:

  • Weight loss and increased muscle (which increases metabolism)
  • Increased energy
  • Reduces stress and enhances mood
  • Reduces risk of heart disease including cholesterol and blood pressure and makes the heart muscle stronger
  • Strengthens the lungs
  • Strengthens digestive system
  • Better health overall

IF YOU COULD GET ALL OF THESE BENEFITS (and I only named a few) IN ONE PILL…WOULD YOU TAKE IT?  Of course you would.  We want the benefits of exercise without having to do it.  Start slow, set goals and as Nike would day, Just Do It!  Have fun with it.  It shouldn’t be too hard or boring.  Find a buddy who will exercise with you.

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