Thursday, November 18, 2010

What's so good about exercise?













Mental Health Benefits

• Recreation is “re-creation.” It gives us an opportunity for meditation and relaxation.

• Regular exercise can reduce tension and mild depression, and increase mental alertness.

• The increased flow of oxygen to the brain and the release of endorphins.

• Adrenaline, and serotonin along with taking a break from the books help.

• Elevate your mood.

Immunity

• Moderate amounts of regular exercise can increase immunity to infectious disease.

• Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

Losing or Maintaining Weight

• Body composition can be improved by making exercise and good nutrition a part of

your routine.

• Because exercise helps burn fat and build muscle, you will look and feel better.

• Combining aerobic exercises and strength exercises works the best. Aerobic exercise burns calories

while strength exercises build muscle.

• Increased muscle increases the metabolism.

How to Stay Motivated

Realistic Goals - If your plan is too ambitious, you might find it too hard to maintain.

Add Variety - Varying activities helps maintain interest.

Start Slowly - Pick a pace that you can work with at moderate intensity.

Stick to three sessions a week at first.

Workouts can be gradually lengthened and intensity increased comfortably.

Forget the expression “no pain, no gain!”

Convenience - Lack of convenience can provide us with a good excuse to stop the activity.

Support - Exercising with a partner often helps people stick to the plan.

Make it Routine - Figure out a way to make exercise a regular

Exercise Should Be Fun and Balanced

Even exercise should be done in moderation!

Exercise is a way to keep our bodies and minds healthy.

Everybody’s Body is different. Value your uniqueness!


Source: okanagan.bc.ca

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