Fit Bit Friday

It's one thing to workout when you know you have to lose those last 5 lbs. to fit into that special dress or gain another pound of muscle to look good in that shirt for the ladies but what about the other benefits to working out? Working out can make you happier or improve your sex life? Would you go to the gym for those reasons? Would you train harder or different because you know that exercise could improve other areas of your life that you never thought were possible?

Well, I know that working out can be a burden for some but for me and a few others, there are so many other reasons why we workout.  I know for me, working out has slowed down the aging process, makes me feel stronger inside and yes, I look good in heels and jeans! LOL! Working out sets the tone for my day and gets me ready mentally for the daily life challenges that I face every week!

Check out these fun facts that will hopefully make you see fitness in a different way and get your moving!

Turn that frown upside DOWN.  Regular exercise can enhance mood and overall well-being. When you increase your heart rate, challenge your body and get out of your comfort zone. . .not only did you complete a workout, you have proved to yourself that you CAN do anything that you put your mind to.  That alone can make you feel really good inside and prepare you for your next challenge!

You don't have to run ALL THE TIME to lose weight.  Wait. What? Yes, you read it correctly. Did you know that when you run long distances frequently you can actually prevent fat loss because your body will start to burn muscle and not fat.  Studies have shown that when you consistently strength train and add possibly less cardio, you will burn more calories for a longer period time than just running or doing cardio exercise.  So, make sure that you don't confuse more cardio to lose more weight.

Visualization can improve your workout.  Like anything else, if you visualize completely your workout, not only will you finish the workout, you will improve the way you worked out. Knowing what's ahead, understanding why you are doing what you are doing and focus on the end results will get you through a workout much more effectively vs. not knowing what you plan on doing once you hit the gym. So plan, prepare and complete!

Now that you have these fun little tips, let's get MOV'N and GROV'N to improve your overall health. Peace -Nic