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10 Reasons to Sweat

how exercise heals from the inside-out

Movement is essential for staying vibrant in every season. Appropriate exercise oxygenates the body, which keeps your heart healthy and mind calm. Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or discovering your inner athlete for the first time, here are 10 reasons to keep you moving...

  1. Aids better digestion. Movement is essential for regular bowel movements. In fact, one of the key risk factors for constipation is inactivity.  A morning walk or yoga practice with twists is an excellent way to stimulate our digestive system. 
  2. Improved sleep. Exercise aids rest and restoration in the mind and body. Regular exercise keeps your body in rhythm long after you’re done moving. It can strengthen circadian rhythms, promoting daytime alertness and helping bring on sleepiness at night.
  3. Builds resilience in the body.  We all feel stressed out from time to time. Exercise helps our body deal with stress by replenishing and rejuvenating our cells. If you have a high stress lifestyle, exercise is a must! Studies show that regular exercisers are more resilient to the emotional effects of acute stress, which in turn protect them against diseases related to chronic stress. Read more here 
  4. Builds confidence.  A consistent exercise routine fosters self-love and care. Showing up time and time again to sweat or move leads you to believe you are more capable and determined.  With consistency, comes progress and becoming stronger, faster or better at an exercise over time directly leads to an increased confidence.
  5. Physical activity raises levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that makes you feel good. Serotonin is key to our feelings of happiness and helps defend against both anxiety and depression. 
  6. Boosts your immune system. People who exercise moderately and regularly have lower inflammatory cytokine levels and robust immune systems. As we age our immune systems weaken so it's important to stay active at every stage in life.
  7. Keeps your waistline in check.  Movement benefits the cells in your adrenal cortex by releasing less cortisol (the notorious stress hormone). The more cortisol our bodies produce the more likely we are to add belly weight.
  8. Builds strength in your skeletal system. Exercise and strength training keep our bones strong. From about the age of 35, women start to lose a certain amount of bone material overall. Your bones become less dense and less strong. To keep your bones healthy,  add weights or more body weight activity (i.e. planks, pushups, squat hops).
  9. Keeps your heart healthy. Movement oxygenates the body. Not only are you improving your cardiovascular health with your interval training, you are also bringing new energy and flow to your ticker. 
  10. Improves circulation.  Studies show that both aerobic and anaerobic exercise improve circulation.   Whether you elevate your heart rate with a brisk walk, yoga practice or strength training, movement improves the efficiency of your body, ensuring that both the arms and legs receive oxygen and other vital nutrients.
What are you waiting for? Get moving and celebrate your amazing body!!

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