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Wednesday, September 16

I Like to Move It (Mad Stuntman)

As I'm writing this, a video came across my Facebook feed...and I think it's so poignant.  It's true - we always see these fitness models telling us to exercise and eat healthy, and it's very discouraging!  So, I want to share this's about REAL women.  And it's time we start acting healthy for our own futures, rather than to reach some unattainable model-fixation.

Finally a motivation video without fitness models, but with ordinary girls!
Posted by Gym Bitch on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

You've been told a million times that exercise is good for you, and it's true.  It's not just those "runner's high" endorphins—regular exercise can actually improve your life in many ways.   Here are seven reasons why you should just make it a habit!
  • You'll Improve Your Memory – 
    • Thanks to the extra oxygen being cycled, exercise can boost your memory.  Some folks come up with their best ideas while exercising!
  • You'll Have Better Posture - 
    • One of the best ways to fix your posture is to exercise the muscles holding you back.
  • You'll De-Stress - 
    • Got stress?  Exercise is a great way to combat it!
  • You'll Sleep Better - 
    • The best time to work out is in the morning or the afternoon, rather than before bed—if you exercise too closely to bedtime, it can actually have the opposite effect!
  • You'll Have More Energy - 
    • Exercising in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more energetic and productive for the rest of the afternoon.
  • You'll Get Sick Less Often - 
    • People who exercise regularly are half as likely to get a cold than people who don't—I’ll take those odds!
  • You'll Live Longer - 
    • Sitting all day is killing you—and just a bit of regular exercise can stave off the reaper for a while.

Take it to the Next Level

Add strength training to your aerobic routine.   Why?  Here are six good things it does for you...
  1. Helps keep the weight off for good. 
  2. Protects bone health and muscle mass.
  3. Makes you stronger and fitter.
  4. Helps develop flexibility and better body mechanics.
  5. Boosts energy levels and improves your mood.
  6. Boosts metabolism, which translates to more calories burned.
 It’s not all about weight lifting - push-ups, jump squats, lunges, and mountain climbing are all examples of exercises that provide strength training.

Know the Terminology
  • Isometric resistance involves contracting your muscles against a non-moving object, such as against the floor in a push-up.
  • Isotonic strength training involves contracting your muscles through a range of motion as in weight lifting.
Get Motivated with a Waist Trainer!  (...........yes, like the Kardashians)
A waist trainer instantly improves your shape, giving it the curvy look.  They are made to change your body in the long run as well.  Some changes include :
  • the thermo-effect that helps you shed water from the fat cells around your waist
  • the strong back support that raises the safe zone in your weight-training program 
  • the additional diet-control you get from a tight but comfortable cincher worn throughout the day 
I had the opportunity to try one out recently at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.  It's comfortable, and I can tell that it's helped with posture, but I would never wear this while working out (as it is supposedly designed to be worn). Also, on the one that I tried, the hooks aren't all lined up the right way, and so they pop open and it can be difficult to get on. My opinion is that the waist trainer would be good as shapewear, and as an all-day-long reminder to eat right and go exercise...which will eventually make those choices a lifestyle.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmeb309b7f3bc093c7598c68f654cd9afc