Ten Motivational Tips To Stay Healthy
the key to maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. If you
need some help staying motivated, as most of us do, Asimba.com offers
the following ten reasons to get you in gear and help you stay there.
1. Quality of
Life. There's no guarantee you'll live longer by adopting a fitness
lifestyle, but chances are you will live better. It's the ultimate
revenge: a full, healthy happier life.
2. Fun. Even if
you hated sports as a kid - picked last for the softball team, creamed
in dodgeball - remember walking, running, swimming and cycling are
different. No one screams at or slams into you, you compete as much as
or as little as you want, you're outdoors, and you don't set the pace.
It's play - not work.
Booster. By setting an exercise goal — however modest — and
progressing toward it, you become more self-assured. As you begin to
feel and look fitter and healthier, you gain confidence.
Dieting. Working burns lots of calories and raises your metabolism so
you consume them at a higher rate than a sedentary person even when
you're not exercising. Bottom line: you can control your weight without
starving yourself by eating a healthy, balanced diet (including the
occasional chocolate sundae.)
Relief. Feeling tense? Overwhelmed? Unappreciated? Taking regular
exercise breaks, as short as a 30-minute walk at lunch, can refresh and
relax you. Use the time to calm yourself, regain perspective on what's
important, or even figure out a solution to a problem.
By working out, you're losing fat and gaining muscle. Regular
exercisers often have body fat levels at least 5 percent lower than the
average person. You'll probably go down a clothing size or two, because
muscle, though heavier than fat, takes up less space.
Friends. Everybody tends to loosen up when they're sweaty and out of
breath. Participatory sports provide an accessible, non-threatening,
casual atmosphere for meeting people. Opportunities abound: fun runs, a
swim workout or lesson, a group bike ride or an organized hike. Check
out your local gym or community center.
8. A Spring in
Your Step. Working out can raise the amount of oxygen your muscles can
use by up to 40 percent. That means you have more energy and everyday
tasks become easier.
9. Cold-Killer. Aerobic exercise bolsters your immune system. You're better prepared to fight off viruses and other nasty stuff.
10. A Tougher
Ticker. Endurance sports such as running, walking, swimming and cycling
strengthen your cardiovascular system. Your heart becomes more
efficient and less susceptible to disease. For more information, visit:
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