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April 30th, 2015

WomensFitness_Apr30_AA woman who is serious about losing weight and getting a toned body might purchase membership at a gym where she can benefit from using the full range of exercise equipment. She might jump on a treadmill, straddle a stationary bicycle or elliptical machine for an hour, then go straight home, thinking that her workout day is done. But this routine is considered a cardio workout, which will only get her so far when it comes to building a lean body. The secret to real toning and strength is to incorporate a weightlifting session into your workouts - the results will surprise and probably delight you!

But before heading to the dumbbell zone, make sure you know what you’re doing. Performing weight lifting moves incorrectly can cost you more than time and energy, or even a few aches and pains. It can lead to major injury. So it really pays to do a bit of research and do a few sessions under the watchful eyes of an expert. This will help you reach your goal faster and safely. But for some basic pointers, here are a few weightlifting mistakes you should try not to make.

Not having a plan

Doing a weightlifting session without having an actual plan and goal in mind could mean you're wasting precious time. If you don’t do your homework and plan your schedule, you’ll be aimlessly lifting the dumbbells without knowing your limit or the effects on your body and muscle groups. You may cast your eyes around and observe other gym members’ routines, of course, but their routines are not tailored for you. You’re never going to get the results you want if you just pick up weights and lift them at random. You need a plan for what you want to achieve in terms of strength and toning.

Only doing lifts you love

It’s normal to follow a routine that you know best. But when you only focus on doing the weights and reps you enjoy, or which seem easier, you’re merely reinforcing muscles that are already strong, and ignoring other parts that require your attention. When you do certain lifts, ask yourself whether it’s a challenge or not. If you need to put in a lot of effort, then those are the moves you need to start doing more of. Get better at them, and your whole weight lifting workout will improve.

Lifting too little or too much weight

You need to make weightlifting a challenge for your body, otherwise it’s never going to be as toned or as strong as you desire. Small three-pound dumbbells aren’t going to help you much in muscle building, fat burning, or strength building. Likewise, a whopping 20-pound weight just isn’t going to do much good if you can barely lift it. Finding the perfect weight for you takes time and practice. When you find the right match, however, you’ll be on the fast track to promising results. Our advice is to start with small weights, and slowly work your way up, increasing a few pounds at a time. Follow your weightlifting plans - if you can maintain the same lifting tempo throughout the session, and the last repetition feels nearly impossible, then you’re doing it right.

Resting between sets for too long

Taking breaks for too long during a weightlifting session not only wastes your precious gym time - it also lessens your results. When you give your muscles more rest time than they require, they will treat every set like a warm up rather than a legitimate workout. You will normally need no more than 30 seconds of rest after ten or more reps, before moving on to your next set.

So, the next time you hit the gym, don’t steer clear of the weight room. Instead, enjoy the added workout and know that your weightlifting efforts will produce great results for your body.

Feeling the need to add some weight to your daily routine? Unsure of what to do in the gym? Give us a call today and we can help create your very own workout schedule.

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April 29th, 2015

164_Exgen_AWith warm weather finally here, it’s time to strap on your sneakers, hit the pavement and leave the treadmill behind. There’s no better time to improve your running form than now, when you have the next six months to take advantage of the sunshine and fresh air outside. To help you, we’ve come up with five tips to ensure your body stays in top form and remains injury free.

Don’t tense up

When you’re running, you want to stay as relaxed and as loose as possible. Not only does tensing your body cause you to exert more energy, but it will also cause greater strain on your knees - and you’ll feel that afterwards.

To get into the habit of staying loose while you run, practice jogging slowly. This allows you to give your body that extra bit of attention to make sure you’re not tensing up.

Lean forward slightly

The main reason to lean forward when you’re running is to avoid the dreaded heel-strike. Obviously when running you’re going to lead with your legs, but you want to avoid overreaching because that causes your foot to land heel-first. On the plus side, leaning forward will make running easier and give you the ability to run faster as well.

Take shorter strides

Another way to make running easier and avoid heel-strikes is to take shorter strides. Just like leaning forward, this also prevents you from overreaching. Instead, your legs will stay more centered underneath you, which allows them to work less while keeping your body loose.

Avoid the dreaded heel-strike

What is this horrid heel-strike we keep mentioning? Well, it’s pretty close to what it sounds like - when your heel is the first part of your foot to hit the pavement. It’s a problem because it delivers a greater impact directly to your knees when your legs are in a relatively straight position. This creates more pain later on and could even lead to more serious damage.

By taking shorter strides you are more likely to land on the middle of your foot instead, which creates less stress on your knees. Investing in a high quality running shoe can also help you avoid heel-strikes.

Point your knees and feet straight forward

If you look down at the ground when you’re running, are your knees and feet pointing straight? Or are they rotated in or outward? Take note because if they’re not straight, this can lead to a higher chance of creating knee or ankle pain after your run.

All these tips come down to one key point - slow down. Take the extra time to pay attention to your body and its motion, and you’ll be much more likely to run easier, faster, and with less pain before and after your run.

Want more running tips and ideas on how to improve your form in other exercises? Give us a call and talk with one of our experts today.

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April 23rd, 2015

WomensFitness_April23_AThere are a hundred and one ways for women to build and maintain a physically healthy body but it is a balanced workout routine that works best for most people. But where is the best place for this? Is exercising at home better than at the gym? Well everyone has their own opinion. For some, working out at home is preferable to sweating it out at the gym, whereas others simply need the gym environment to get them in the zone. If you're still not sure which is best for you, let's look at the benefits of each so you can decide for yourself.

Working out at home

Sometimes life can get in the way of you reaching your fitness goals and, when it does, you will find it hard to spare time for a quality workout session. Not to worry - whether you’re an office worker or a mom with a busy schedule, you can always come home to partake in a few minutes of hassle-free exercise. At-home exercise has its own benefits of course, and here are some reasons why you could ditch the gym and work out at home.
  • Cost-effectiveness - If you choose to exercise at home, you’re cutting the cost of gym membership that could be well over $1000 per year, including joining fees and sundry expenses. You’re also saving travel expenses to the gym.
  • Minimal equipment necessary - Working out at home doesn’t require too much equipment, if any. A simple workout station will often suffice for most women who want to get in shape. And you can perform certain workouts - like squats, lunges and pushups - without the need for any equipment other than a mat.
  • Get creative - Working out with limited equipment means you need to be creative and put together your own routines, and for that you really have to educate yourself. Finding out and testing new workout moves can be challenging and fun, two qualities of any successful workout routine.

Working out at the gym

Your day might be busy as it is but, if you’re serious about getting a healthy body, you will manage to hit the gym whenever you can. Here are some benefits exercising at the gym has over home workouts.
  • Motivation - When you invest money in something, you tend to care about it more. So when you pay for a gym membership, you are committed to joining the gym no matter how long or how far it takes to get there. And being near other gym members with the same mindset of getting a fit body is the perfect motivation to fire up your commitment.
  • Diversity of equipment - Many gyms have a wide range of exercise machines, making it possible for you to develop the muscle group of your choice. You can do a variety of exercises at home with a few dumbbells, but it will never be as good as a fully-equipped gym.
  • Fitness classes - Some people join the gym to benefit from group exercises and the extensive range of classes on offer. From yoga to bodycombat and zumba, you can experience diversified workout sessions, which can make your routines more interesting and worthwhile.

The bottom line

Working out at home is more popular than ever, since it’s convenient, cheap, and less intimidating for less confident people. In comparison, working out at the gym gives you a sense of purpose that increases your commitment to your fitness goals. Our advice is to choose the place that best suits your lifestyle and personal preferences to get optimum results or if you can afford it, you get a good balance of the two.

If you’re looking to start or improve your exercise routines, contact us today and we can help.

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April 22nd, 2015

ExerciseGeneral_Apr22_AWhen it comes to losing weight and getting a toned body, we rely on gym workouts for the best results. Most gyms have all the equipment you need - treadmills, weight lifting benches, and exercise bikes to name just a few. Of course, once you purchase membership, you probably have a general idea of what to do at the gym. But do you know what not to do? The gym is a communal place, and it’s important to learn gym etiquette as you’ll be working out alongside others. To help you maintain an atmosphere where everyone is comfortable, here is some behavior you should avoid doing at the gym.

Hogging the machines

Waiting lines are bound to form during peak hours, especially in a gym where there is not quite enough equipment for the number of members. Yet some people leave their towels and personal belongings on a treadmill while they stroll over to talk with neighbors. The problem is that someone else will hesitate in using the treadmill, because they think it’s occupied. Spending too much time on one piece of equipment is also inconsiderate. Gym etiquette states that when you’re done with a machine, you should take your stuff and move on to another, and let others take your place.

Not wiping sweat off equipment

You’re not doing anyone any favors by leaving a machine dripping with your sweat. It’s unsanitary, and will make the equipment look less than inviting to other members. Before you use machines or benches, make sure you place a towel on them. When you’re done, take a few extra seconds to wipe any sweat off.

Misplacing weights

The weight racks are there for a reason: to separate different dumbbell sizes and to hold the dumbbells after use. You’ll annoy other gym members if you don’t return dumbbells to their original places. Also, be careful not to drop weights on the floor. The sound and vibration can cause a distraction, and you could injure yourself and others around you.

Being the ‘know it all’

Newcomers will usually appreciate advice on handling the equipment and some bodybuilding tips. But most people who are working out have their own groove and pace. So don’t go around telling others they’re doing it wrong and making suggestions - your way of doing things might well be unsuitable for them. If you think someone is doing something dangerous, notify a nearby trainer instead of stepping in. If you really want to give advice to someone, take the time to become friends first.

Using your cellphone

Phone conversations are not recommended in the gym. A call from your friends could disrupt the focus of nearby gym members. Also, focusing on your phone while walking aimlessly around the gym can cause injuries - you could easily walk into a machine or interfere with someone else’s workout. Therefore, you should avoid using your cellphone in ways that might disturb others. An exception is perhaps listening to music while you’re burning it out on the treadmill or while using other equipment.

Crossing someone’s private space

The gym can be packed at certain times, especially on weekend mornings or after working hours. There may not be enough space to accommodate everyone. But this doesn’t mean that you should be careless and encroach on someone else’s workout space. Either find another spot for your workouts, find another exercise, or wait patiently for your turn.

Exercising in the gym will produce good results only if you’re following an effective workout plan. Contact us today to schedule the workout plan that best suits you.

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April 16th, 2015

WomensFitness_Apr16_AWomen can train as hard as men, but the results they get are never quite the same. The fitness differences between men and women are closely related to genetics and hormones. So don’t worry if you’re not achieving the same fitness goals as your male friends - your bodies are built differently, and what works for him may not be suitable for you. Understanding the differences between women’s and men’s fitness is important if you want to find the exercise routine that works best for you.

When it comes to fitness levels, there are several differences between men and women, and it’s not just about outer appearances. Here’s what you need to know.

Testosterone

Testosterone is a hormone responsible for developing muscles and making males male, at least physically. It also stimulates the production of red blood cells, which absorbs oxygen and gives you an aerobic advantage. Women also have testosterone, but in smaller amounts than men. Since women have a low testosterone level, we have a harder time when it comes to building muscles and enduring workouts.

Estrogen

Estrogen is considered to be a female hormone, and it plays an essential role in the growth and development of women’s sexual characteristics. Due to having higher estrogen levels than men, women have a higher percentage of body fat. What’s more, women are better at storing body fat than men thanks to estrogen. But this can be troublesome for those of us who want to lose weight since extra fat discourages the body from burning calories after eating.

Muscle mass

Women generally have a lower muscle mass than men, since we have lower testosterone levels. However, the differences in muscle mass between men and women shouldn’t pose too much of a problem as women can develop muscle by engaging in regular weight and strength training.

Flexibility

Owing to generally shorter bones and laxer connective tissues, women are naturally more flexible than men. A woman’s body tends to be more rounded, and the bones around the pelvis are more flexible than those of a man. The downside, however, is that women are more prone to joint injuries than men, since we tend to have weaker muscles and supporting tissues, which means our joints are less stable than those of our male friends.

Weight loss

The most effective way to burn fat and lose weight is to build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn. Your metabolism will shoot up during the fat burning process. Since men have an easier time of building muscle, it makes sense that they will have an easier time when trying to lose weight as well. So the same intensive workout will generally yield better results in men than in women.

These bodily and hormonal differences affect the way women exercise. Men can build muscle more easily than women, which helps them to lose weight faster and get in shape quicker. But that doesn’t mean that women can’t have a toned body as well. It’s a matter of finding the right type of exercise that suits our physical attributes.

If you want to start working out, but are unsure as to what to do, contact us today and we can guide you in the right direction.

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April 15th, 2015

ExerciseGeneral_Apr15_AWhen it comes to exercise, getting a proper recovery after a workout is essential to repairing muscles and improving your performance. Muscles need anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild, and working them too hard for long periods of time may lead to tissue breakdown rather than building. Unfortunately, most people want to get quick results from their exercise routines, and therefore push themselves too hard without having a post-exercise recovery plan. You have to take a break after workouts to allow your muscles to recover. But recovery doesn’t mean sitting in front of the TV, chewing on your favorite snacks and gulping down fizzy drinks.

Taking certain actions after exercise will not only speed up your recovery, but will also enable you to exercise for longer. Here are some commonly recommended tips from experts to speed up recovery.

Replenish fluids

Exercising while dehydrated can cause greater damage to muscles and impair your body’s ability to recover. You lose a lot of fluid during workouts, and naturally need to replace it afterwards. Water is a fundamental component of your metabolic function, and drinking a glass or two will help improve your recovery. Don’t be overly selective about what you drink, though. Forget the fancy sports drinks - a bottle of plain water will often suffice for replenishing body fluids.

Cool down

During exercise, your body goes through a number of strenuous and repetitive movements. As a result your muscles and tendons accumulate damage and fatigue. You can soothe your muscles and help them to recover more effectively by doing a few minutes of cool down. This is a process where you jog slowly, swing your arms, and circle your shoulders. In other words, it’s a gentle exercise. Cooling down will return your heart rate to its normal pace. Eventually this will prevent blood pooling, reduce the feelings of fatigue, and help you to recover faster.

Eat properly

After using up all your energy with exercise, you need to refuel it if you expect to repair, recover, and ready your muscles for another exercise routine. Try to eat within 60 minutes of your workout, as this is when your muscles absorb nutrients most effectively. Make sure you include protein in your diet to kickstart muscle recovery, ideally with a protein shake.

Take a cold bath

Plunging your whole body into ice-cold water can significantly reduce muscle soreness. If dipping in cold water seems an uncomfortable prospect, consider contrast water therapy as an alternative. While taking a shower after exercise, alternate 2 minutes of hot water and 30 seconds of cold water. The theory is that, by repeatedly dilating and constricting the blood vessels with hot and cold water, you can disperse waste products and lactic acid in the tissues, which further helps to speed up the recovery process.

Rest

It is perfectly okay to stay away from your workouts for a couple of days if you need to. Resting is one of the easiest ways to recover after a vigorous workout, since you have to do nothing but, well, rest. Your body has an amazing mechanism to recover itself if you give it enough time. So take a break and get some quality sleep. During sleep, your body has a chance to synthesize protein and growth hormones, in order to increase and repair tissues.

Regular exercise is necessary if you want to get good results, but recovering from an exercise session is equally important. If you’re looking to start or change your exercise routine, contact us today to see how we can help.

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April 9th, 2015

WomensFitness_Apr9_AWhen you first started a workout program, whether to get in shape or to drop a few pounds, your motivation and excitement were high. After a few weeks of a vigorous routine, however, the enthusiasm began to wear off. Running on the treadmill suddenly became another chore to tick off your to-do list, and the dumbbells felt too heavy to lift. You started skipping your workouts, began sleeping in, and increasingly found alternate ways to spend your time. Staying true to your workout routine is difficult enough, but even more so if you’re not having a good time with it. If this sounds all too familiar, maybe it’s time to try something new.

The longer you try to avoid working out, the harder it will be to get back into the habit. Instead of putting it off, try diversifying your workouts to jump start your motivation again. Here are a few workout ideas to keep things fresh.

Boxing

The first thing that springs to mind is probably two muscle-bound men battling it out in the ring, with thousands of spectators in the stands. You may think it’s a brutal sport made only for men. Time to get the facts straight! Ladies can also find boxing lessons that don’t involve punching another person. Instead, you get to take it all out on the punch bag. Boxing can still sound intimidating for first-timers, but you’ll get a rare chance to release the frustration and stresses of your daily life - without hurting anybody. What’s more, regular boxing workouts improve your body strength, since boxing requires your upper and lower body to engage when you make contact with the punch bag.

Team sports

Do you find exercising in the gym dull? It’s time to try team sports! Aside from staying physically fit, you’ll have the opportunity to socialize with new people. If you want to play team sports with your close friends, then all the better - you can strengthen your bond with them. Typical team sports include basketball, soccer, and softball. You can make things more interesting by rounding up your friends and hitting courts and fields in public spaces to challenge other teams.

Yoga

Perhaps you don’t feel ready to engage in a high-intensity gym workout or a team sport. In that case you could look into yoga, since it’s an exercise that focuses on both physical and mental strength. There’s more to yoga than stretching and arranging your body into complex poses, though. It has several health benefits, which include better flexibility, improved blood flow, and more peaceful sleep. Yoga is an ideal exercise to relieve tension and stress after a long, exhausting day. Plus you don’t need much equipment for yoga - just a yoga mat will often suffice.

Walking

The simplest form of exercise that we all do on a daily basis - walking. If you find walking boring, then mix things up to make it more enjoyable. You could schedule a walking workout to new areas and take in the unfamiliar surroundings and scenery. If you have one, bring your dog along with you and give both of you a great workout. And how about loading up your smartphone with your favorite tunes, or even an audio book to make things more fun?

Exercise is only boring and repetitive if you make it so. Get in touch with us today to plan the exercise routine that works best for you.

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April 8th, 2015

ExerciseGeneral_Apr08_ANo-one considers massage an exercise - we all think of laying back and being pampered as a treat. But the truth is that there are great health benefits to be derived from regular massage therapy. In conjunction with other activities as part of your exercise routine, massage can help you keep both your body and mind in great shape. Of course, it’s also something many of us love to indulge in - so if you’ve been doing a good job of sticking to your fitness regime, reward yourself with a delicious massage. Here’s why you’ll thank us for the tip.

It boosts immunity

Your body has its work cut out every day, protecting you from the countless germs and bugs that are everywhere around us. That means sometimes it just needs a little tender loving care to keep it firing at its best - and massage is great for that. The effects of Swedish massage and lymphatic massage are believed to help increase the body’s count of white blood cells, which are vital in fighting infection and disease. Massage can also reduce the level of cortisol, a steroid known as the ‘stress hormone’ which destroys the cells that are the backbone of your body’s immune system. With cortisol levels cut, the body’s immune cells aren’t as compromised and it’s better able to protect you from coughs, colds and more.

It encourages relaxation

No points for guessing this one - it’s the reason most of us choose to have a massage in the first place. There really is very little like laying back and having your aches and pains soothed away by someone trained and truly talented in the use of their hands. But beyond the general feeling of wellbeing, the relaxing sensation is induced by massage normalizing soft tissue like muscle, connective tissue, ligaments and tendons, which can become tense in the course of our hectic day-to-day lives. What’s more, massage can release nerves and deeper connective tissues, and increase the body’s blood and lymph circulation.

When your body feels the restorative effects of massage, you can expect it to produce fewer stress hormones, and your pulse, breathing rate and blood pressure should all reduce. Shiatsu and Swedish massages can also increase the delta brain waves pulsing around inside you - these are linked to deep sleep, which might explain your tendency to nod off during a particularly good massage session.

It helps recover weary muscles

If you’re doing regular exercise as part of your health and fitness regime, it can take its toll on your muscles. This is especially true if you are frequently undertaking high impact exercise like running, step aerobics and cardio dancing. A sports massage, deep tissue massage or swedish massage can help your muscles more quickly recover their strength after a demanding workout, meaning you’ll be ready for your next round of exercise and will get more out of it. Research has shown that muscles massaged after exercise regain as much as four times more strength than those in people who go without a massage. Having a massage can leave you with fewer damaged fibers and prevent your body from needing to work as hard to repair itself.

Want to find out more about other enjoyable ways to boost your physical and mental health and wellbeing as part of a balanced fitness plan? Give us a call and see how we can help.

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April 2nd, 2015

164_HealthYou’ve finally gotten into the groove of your new exercise regime. You’re hitting the treadmill, lifting weights, swimming and so much more. Already you’re feeling the benefits of what a consistent exercise routine can do for your body and general disposition. But then the unthinkable happens - injury. When we get into the groove of exercising, it’s easy to forget that our bodies can break down. The truth is that we need to be mindful, because an injury can bring a routine to a screeching hault. And once you’re out of the exercise habit, it may take you weeks or even months to get back into it. Here are some of the most common exercise injuries, and how to avoid them and keep up with your workout routine.

Ankle Sprain

All of us have twisted an ankle at some point, and when you run it’s even more likely you’ll fall victim to this very common injury. Just because you’re on a treadmill doesn’t mean you’re immune.

The problem is that when we run, especially for long periods, it can be very easy to lose focus. But whether you’re zoning out to your favorite tunes or simply daydreaming, mental lapses can lead to trips and slips. And when that happens, taking a wrong step and twisting your ankle is more likely.

SOLUTION: Many treadmills now have a safety key, which is a clip that attaches to your outfit from the treadmill. If you take an awkward step or fall, it will stop the treadmill automatically. The clip is there for a reason, so use it.

If you’re running outside, stick to level sidewalks or park paths. Whatever the makeup of the path (dirt, pavement, etc.), make sure it’s smooth and free of potholes. You should also avoid skipping up and down curbs, as this is a prime obstacle that can cause you to misstep and sprain your ankle.

Shin Splints

A shin splint is acute pain in your shins - often along the inner edge of your shinbone. This pain can be caused by muscle inflammation or stress fractures. They’re common in women who do frequent running or jumping exercises. And you’re more likely to get them if you’re running on uneven terrain, hard concrete, or up and downhill. Some women have a higher tendency toward this injury than others.

SOLUTION: Ease into your workout. Do some light cardio exercise, like jumping jacks, to warm up your body instead of diving straight into a run. Also, wear proper shoes and increase your workout intensity gradually, week by week.

Lower back strain

Sudden sharp twists or bends to your back, as well as poor form when doing squats and deadlifts, can cause lower back pain to rear its ugly head. At its worse, severe lower back injury can be disk herniation and nerve compression.

SOLUTION: Get your form right before adding weight to squats and other exercises that rely heavily on your back. To do this, learn to find the neutral form of your spine. You can do this by lying flat on your back with feet flat on the floor and knees bent. You’ll know you’re doing this correctly when your lower abs are flat and there’s a slight curve of your lower spine, which is now off the floor. Your neck is also off the floor with a slight curve under it as well. If you need additional help finding the correct form, consult with one of our qualified personal trainers or staff.

These are just a few of many common injuries that we need to be aware of while exercising. To learn more about these and other common workout injuries, contact us today.

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April 1st, 2015

ExerciseGeneral_Apr1_AYou’re tired from a long day of hard work, because the boss has been giving you a hard time. The traffic’s bad, and you’re late to pick up the kids. If you’re continually stressed out, you can easily become depressed, which could lead to other health-related problems. But the good news is that you can ward off depression with regular exercise. Studies have shown that exercise is not only good for your physical fitness, it’s also beneficial for your mental health.

Depression is a symptom that causes low mood, low self-esteem, and a loss of interest in pleasurable activities. Some depression can be treated with medication and therapy but the results aren’t always successful. Other approaches are always being explored, and exercise is a cost-effective and efficient alternative. Here are some reasons exercise is good treatment for short-term depression.

Boosts self-esteem

When you’re not happy with the way you look, you will develop body image issues and low self-esteem. Exercising helps you get in shape and stay fit. When you do regular exercises, your muscle size increases, fat decreases, and your skin glows from the reduced toxicity in the body as a result of sweating during exercise. Once you feel better physically, you feel better mentally. For these reasons, exercise is a huge confidence booster.

Slows aging

We often feel more depressed as we age, due to the increase in our responsibilities and demands in life. Low testosterone levels from aging is another factor that contributes to age-related depression, especially in men. When you exercise, your testosterone levels increase, which helps reduce stress. Exercise also makes you feel and look younger - another benefit that everyone appreciates.

Improves sleep

Many people who take naps in the afternoon or the evening have trouble sleeping at night. But exercise prevents the need for daytime naps. Numerous studies have shown that exercise improves your sleep pattern. Exercise acts as a physical stressor to the body. After a healthy workout you will feel alert for the rest of the day, and sleep soundly at night.

Gives you more energy

If you’re the kind of person who rarely exercises, or moves around very little during the day, you will most likely feel tired from inactiveness. When you exercise, your body becomes more alert and active. Somes type of exercise, like cardio, will strengthen your heart and give you more stamina. In short, you will be able to exercise for longer periods as time goes by.

Exercise can ease depression to some extent, but most importantly you need to stay positive in life, whatever it throws at you. If you’re interested in taking up exercise as a way to beat the blues, contact us today and see how our programs can help.

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