A healthier, happier lifestyle is not usually effected by one swift, monumental transformation--in most cases, it is the small, incremental shifts that lead to a lasting change. Take it one day at a time and strategically tweak various parts of your routine. A handful of clever fitness tricks can really bring about a big, positive change. Don't believe it? Try these 5 lifestyle hacks and see for yourself:
Think you don't have time to workout? The benefits of regular exercise far exceed just having nice biceps or a lifted booty. Regular exercise has lasting health benefits across many physical aspects! It is a common thing for people to feel they "don't have time to workout." Just as with anything in our lives, if we feel it is important enough, we MAKE the time. Especially in today's technologically-dependent lifestyle, we all are spending much more time sitting than we are moving, and spending a lot of our time looking at screens (phones, computers, tv, tablets). This can have lasting NEGATIVE effects on our health and social interactions.
Here are just a few of the amazing benefits of getting in some extra movement:
Regular exercise controls weight
Exercising burns calories, and with the Lagree Fitness method on the megaformer, you leave class CONTINUING to burn calories long after class! The more intense the workout, the more calories you will burn. Weight loss, and reversely weight gain, is all a numbers game of calories consumed and calories spent. Exercise helps to balance that out.
Exercise combats health conditions and diseases
When you exercise you boost HDL or "good" cholesterol, and decrease unhealthy triglycerides. This has the benefits of keeping your blood flowing smoothly and decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Regular exercise can also help manage a wide range of other health problems including stroke, type 2 diabetes, arthritis. Also, with better balance and strengthened core, you reduce your risk of falls.
Exercise improves mood!
Regular exercise is a great way to relieve stress and leave you feeling happier! When you exercise, certain feel-good chemicals are released from the brain leaving you happier, more relaxed, and improves your focus and learning which can result in you being more productive. When you start to feel good physically, it also improves your confidence and self esteem.
Exercise boosts energy
Have you ever felt winded going up a flight of stairs, cleaning the house, or carrying in the groceries? Regular exercise can improve your muscular strength and your endurance. When you are physically active, you are delivering more oxygen and nutrients to your body and you're helping your heart to work more efficiently. When you heart and lungs are working more efficiently, you have more energy to do your day-to-day tasks.
Exercise promotes better sleep
Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and can also help you sleep deeper! Better and more sleep has many health benefits in and of itself.
Our workouts at Motivate are short, effective, and FUN! It's also a great way to get away from the screens and make some new friends! Just try to get in more movement in whatever form you choose! It can be dance, hiking, walking the dog, or even standing at your desk instead of sitting; all of it will benefit your health.
I like to think of my exercise time as an appointment I am making for my health, just as you would for the dentist or a physical. We have these bodies for a short time! Why not make the most of it by being physically able do all the fun things life has to offer. Future you will thank you for making the time.