A FIT U is a Happier U
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~Plato
The Many Benefits of Movement
We all know exercise is good for us, but some of us don't realize just how essential physical activity is for a healthy life. Daily physical activity can boost your mood, promote weight loss, increase your energy, improve your sex life, eliminate disease, increase your strength and enhance your over all well being.
Calm your mind with daily physical fitness. Need to release frustration after a stressful day? Hit the gym, your living room floor (try these products for a home workout) or go out for a brisk walk. The physical activity is proven to stimulate various brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less stressed. Practice this daily or even several times a week and you'll look better and feel better with a boost of self-esteem and confidence, allowing you to handle the stress differently in the future.
Strengthen your Heart with cardiovascular exercise (invest in a Heart Rate Monitor) and combat chronic diseases (Have You Tried Spinning). A routine of regular, moderate exercise can help prevent or manage high blood pressure and keeps your blood flowing by lowering the buildup of plaques in your arteries which may lead to heart disease. A more fit you can also prevent type 2 diabetes (Yoga for Diabetics), certain types of cancer, osteoporosis, and even boosts your "Good" cholesterol while decreasing the "Bad".
Build a strong Core. Interior strength is very important. Just about every motion made by the human body is initiated in the core. Cycling, swimming, weights, and even walking starts with the abs, hips and lower back, which is where the "core" of our body exists. Yoga practitioners, pro cyclists, dancers and athletes of all kinds include a strong focus on their "Core" when planning their exercise routines.
(Use a Chair Ball to help strengthen your core, improve your balance while sitting)
The benefits of a Strong Core are endless, but let's review a few:
Increases overall balance by letting you isolate other muscle groups
(The Wii FitPlus is a fun way to work your core and improve your balance)
Improves your posture (which makes the tummy look a little flatter)
Improve bowel function and reduce incontinence
Reduces risk of injuryReduce Low Back Pain
(Align your back for a Healthier you - the natural way)
Aids in athletic developmentGenerally makes it more comfortable to sit for longer periods of time
Increases overall focus and staminaAllows for a stronger, more balanced You, in mind, body and spirit
Try these Core Exercises at home or in the gym
5 Moves for a Killer Core from Livestrong
Why Exercise? Women's Edition
All of this and you can manage your weight too. Exercise of any kind does burn calories (check out LiveStrong's Calorie Counter tracking system). If you add the calorie burn from activity to a healthy, balanced diet (LiveStrong Recipes with Nutrition Facts), you have created a New You! You will not only notice the change, you will "FEEL" it, creating a more healthy and fit you, in mind, body and spirit. So go out and get active and start experiencing the benefits of physical fitness. What are you waiting for?
(Get Motivated) and (Turn Up the Heat)!
Remember to Refuel After You Exercise
Jumpstart your Metabolism
Shop for Gear at The Finish Line
Cycling for The Mind and Body
Cycling offers many benefits for our health and fitness. Whether you a struggling to lose a few pounds, need more cardiovascular exercise, want to build lower body strength, or just free your mind, cycling just might be the way to go. Cycling exercises the heart, the legs and the core, burning approximately 300 calories per hour outdoors and 400 + in an Indoor Cycling class. Cycling works the heart better than walking and offers a much lower impact on the hips and knees than jogging. If in the outdoors or on a stationary bike indoors it is an excellent form of exercise to improve your over all health while being gentle on your joints. Cycling offers a choice of resistance from slow and easy to strong and fast. People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from cycling. If cycling outdoors, enjoying the scenery and all that nature has to offer gives you a general sense of well being. Spending time with family and friends while cycling or taking a class together adds support and a feeling of togetherness to improve your relationships. If you choose to cycle indoors, try an Indoor Cycling class like Spinning® and experience a mind and body connection, enjoying the music and the group energy in a class setting offering direction and motivation from a trained instructor.
Cycling can help to protect you from serious diseases like stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. A regular routine of cycling will stimulate and improve your circulation and strengthen your heart and lungs. It also allows for a mind and body connection, opening the mind, strengthening the body, and lifting the spirits. Giving you a more positive state of mind and a stronger sense of happiness, it has been proven that cycling also improves your mood and self-esteem. Cycling has a positive effect on how we feel physically and emotionally, reducing stress, and the risk of depression, giving you positive jolts of energy to get you through your busy life.
According to a Department of Transport study, it is possible for people who do not exercise to start a cycling routine and move from the third of the population being the least fit, to the half of the population being the most fit, within just a few months. With the improvement of leg strength and a stronger core, over all mobility improves, allowing you to get in and out of chairs, cars and the like more easily and much more balanced. Older people tend to benefit greatly from cycling as they will avoid falls with the broken bones and other injuries associated with them.
Cycling is one of the few physical activities which can be undertaken by the majority of the population as part of a daily routine. So, what are you waiting for, get out on your bike or find yourself an Indoor Cycling or Spinning class. Open yourself up to renew and take on the many benefits of cycling. Your mind and body are waiting to connect.