Some people think that exercising leads to stress. On the contrary, exercise makes your body more capable to handle stress that you encounter
in your day to day activities. Exercise produces a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction. Not only are
you stress free, but you also become noticeably happier when you exercise.
Keeping yourself fit not only improves your body, but it also helps improve your mental functions. One of the effects of exercise is that it increases the
levels of serotonin in the brain. This increase leads to improved clarity and mental function as well as improves your productivity.
Having 30 minutes of exercise may not seem like much to people, but you may be surprised how effective a 30 minute workout can be. For a quick 30 minute
exercise, people end up feeling more energized throughout the day, and into the evening. Even climbing stairs and carrying groceries would seem like a
simple task after 30 minutes of exercise.
Whatever your reasons may be, the fact is that people do need to exercise frequently. Not only does this promote weight loss in the long
run, but it also helps people perform better in their everyday activities. So keep yourself healthy and fit through exercise and a
Exercising made easy
While it is true that weight loss is one of the main reasons that people exercise, you should remember that losing weight is not the only benefit
you can get out of following an exercise program. While weight loss is indeed an effect, those who exercise should remember that weight loss through
exercising does not happen after a few sessions. In fact, weight loss takes a while to take effect, but the general positive effects of exercising
are visible almost instantly. Healthy eating means getting a variety of foods in moderation not making any food forbidden, but not going overboard
on those rich foods that were once special occasion indulgences. Eat mindfully by knowing the foods that make weight loss easier, and understanding
key healthy eating principles. This is why losing weight should not be the most important goal but more like an added perk to a bigger goal.
Try these following tips and find out for yourself if they help you to feel better.
1. Stretch and strengthen your hamstrings.
Now a days it seems like many of us sit for hours at a time, the hamstrings don't get either the exercise or the stretching that they need to hold
it all together. Do you suffer from lower back pain? Mid to upper back pain? Knee problems? Hip aches? Ankle soreness? All of these can be
tied to weak and or tight hamstrings. You should feel both the stretching and the strengthening immediately in your lower back, though
it may take 2 to 3 weeks to see results other places.
2. Drink water.
I know you have probably heard this a million times. But it's true. We all know that drinking water helps flush toxins from the body
and keeps the kidneys healthy, but did you know that staying hydrated will help eyes stay moist, sinuses drain, stomachs digest better, skin stay soft,
nails and hair grow healthily, brain synapses connect better, and blood cells fight off infection? It's true!
3. Spend some time every day in silence.
Some people like to meditate, but some continue with their daily tasks, just without the noise. Most of us are so accustomed to the sounds aroud us like the
television, people talking that we don't realize how tired it makes us. Noise can make it harder to breathe and harder for the heart to beat. Noise
can make it harder for us to sleep. It can even make us more aggressive. But a few minutes a day of silence helps our brain to relax and find equilibrium again.
4. Make yourself comfortable.
This one is a little more intuitive than some of the others. Not only will we avoid repetitive stress injuries if we take the time to make our environment
ergonomically correct, but we will be happier if we are wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable. Apparently, we also may lose weight.
5. Take a walk.
Human beings weren't made to sit for long periods of time. In fact, sitting for long periods of time (at work, travelling, etc.) can cause all sorts of
injuries, from the obvious back pain to the less obvious blood circulation to the less obvious reduced heart and lung efficiency. Scary! There are several
series of slightly goofy looking exercises you can do when you are in a situation where you have to sit for a long time, or you can just get up and walk around.
Just take the pressure off your spine and move around. In addition, walking is as effective or even more, than running for physical fitness.
6. Relax your muscles the natural way.
Sure, muscle relaxants are good when you are in severe pain, but who wants to walk around like a zombie all the time?
There is a natural way to gently relax muscles. Quinine, generally given to combat malaria, also relaxes muscles. And the best part? It's
available in tonic water (regular and diet) and bitter lemon, both of which you might have leftover as mixers from your last party. A glass
of tonic water before bed can help you relax into your sleep.
7. Relax your jaw.
Sort of like your hamstrings, your jaw is connected to lots of other parts of your body, though it particularly influences the muscles in
your neck and shoulders. Relax the jaw and the tongue (make sure it's lying on the bottom of your mouth and not pressed up againt the top),
and feel the muscles in your neck and shoulders let down.