Exercise Makes you Happy and Motivated

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If fitness came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body. – Cher


It takes sheer determination to get your derrière out of bed to exercise, particularly first thing in the morning.  Eschewing exercise before noon means you may end up skipping it altogether. You know how it is. You arrive home exhausted after working exorbitantly long hours, and the last thing you want to do is exercise.  Watching TV and relaxing just sounds much more gratifying, but is it?

Those who think they haven’t time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. – Edward Stanley

Myriads of people solely exercise for vanity. They want to look good with and without clothes on.  On the other hand, others exercise purely because they know it amplifies everything – from happiness and motivation to confidence and energy levels.  Your brain wants you to perform physical activity.  It knows exercise reduces grumpiness, laziness and discouragement.

Molecular biologists and neurologists have begun to show that exercise may alter brain chemistry in much the same way that antidepressant drugs do – regulating the key neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. – Times Magazine                                                                                                                                                                         

For this reason, some doctors now prescribe intense exercise to those suffering from mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia. If working out helps those suffering with mental disorders, imagine the results for those without any mental afflictions. Regret never comes after an exercise session. You’ll always feel a sense of accomplishment, especially knowing that you kicked those negative and lazy thoughts to the curb. You must eradicate these pessimistic and lazy sentences from your vocabulary:

  • “Ugh, I’m too tired to exercise today. I’ll just start tomorrow.”
  • “You know what? I’ll start on Monday.”
  • “Wait, why Monday? I’ll start on the first of next month.”
  • “Exercise is for vain people.”
  • “I’ve tried exercising, but didn’t see any results.” (Change your diet and/or exercise programme to see better and quicker results.)

Love not sleep, unless you want poverty; open your eyes, and you’ll be satisfied with food. – Proverbs 20:13

Exercise alters your personality – turning you into a new person.  A person who’s prepared to tackle on the day – A person who wants to improve their life and the lives of their friends and family.  – A person who will bring success into their life. 

If you indubitably hate exercising at the gym or outdoors than why not purchase an excellent workout DVD. That way, you can exercise in the privacy of your own home.  I highly recommend a fitness company named Beachbody for purchasing top-notch DVDs. They will change your life.

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states. – Carol Welch

Personally, I prefer burning calories at home over the gym.  I never enjoyed receiving stares from dirty old men or getting unwanted attention.  I wasn’t prepared to forego my usual light workout gear for frumpy and baggy clothes to keep prying eyes at bay either. Plus, the DVDs save you gym fees!

Simply walking for at least 30 minutes enhances and alleviates your mood.  However, only intensive workout sessions give you euphoria or extreme happiness,  so sweating and getting your heart racing is a must! Exercising 3-5 times a week exerts long lasting results, so you need to find discipline somewhere.

There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise. One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it.  

– The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes

In essence, you’re in control of your own destiny and mood. If you want happiness and change, you know what to do. So, please refrain from exercising if you enjoy being:

  • Lazy, dull, and lifeless
  • Stressed, disheartened and depressed
  • Moody, miserable and down in the dumps
  • Tired, apathetic and worn out

V xx

Losing Weight and Type 2 Diabetes

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By: Richard Williams 
Personal trainers will tell you people benefit the most from exercise when they stick with a fitness routine consistently for many years. A continuing study shows this commitment to consistency is actually the hardest part of working out for many people.  In the study a person was more likely to gain back weight they had lost with each year that passed after they began an exercise routine.
We all know what happens. As life places new demands on our busy schedules, we find more and more excuses to fall out of our fitness routine.
The Look AHEAD study was one of the first to record how much people with type 2 diabetes have to gain from exercise if they can stick with their fitness routine for years. The researchers divided people with diabetes into two groups. One group received educational material on the importance of exercise in improving how their body managed their blood sugar. The other group received coaching from personal trainers and dieticians. Both of the groups knew they needed to exercise and many of them began to lose weight, but the group with dedicated coaches stuck with their routines year after year.
The study showed that by seeking the help of professionals, people with diabetes are much more likely to exercise with the consistency needed to reduce diabetes symptoms. Many of the study participants kept more than 5 percent of their initial weight off for more than two years. By keeping that much weight off, people with diabetes reduce their risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure and stroke.
Diabetes increases the risks of heart problems, and some diabetes medications have side effects that increase the risk even more. The type 2 medication
Actos carries the Food and Drug Administration’s black-box warning for its congestive heart failure side effects. The black-box is the FDA’s most severe warning and is only used on drugs that can cause serious injury or death. This has led many of the drug’s users to hire an Actos lawyer to receive compensation for the conditions.
Actos has also been repeatedly linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Another medical study shows enough exercise may even restore some of the functions of the liver and pancreas in a person with type 2 diabetes. The benefits of exercise are amazing, but you can only achieve them if you pick the right strategy for sticking with your routine.

  • Seek out the help of a physician, a personal trainer and a dietician for the best results. It may cost money, but preventative treatment is much less expensive than an emergency visit later down the road.
  • When a person with diabetes exercises, it’s important they take special precautions. Exercise can lower the blood sugar rapidly, so it’s important, so it’s important to warm up and to monitor blood sugar before and after exercising.
  • Drink plenty of water, and be sure to talk with a doctor for guidance on how to exercise safely.

 

William Richards researches and writes about prescription drugs and medical devices for Drugwatch.com. 

I’m exercising, so why am I gaining weight?

She’s clearly angry, and it’ll take a lot to keep her from giving up her exercise program

You finally get the motivation to start exercising and even manage to change your diet – so why does your scale say you’ve gained 3-4 pounds?A reader sent me a message complaining about this very issue.

Henrietta wrote, “Vivien, I just started this new exercise DVD, and I’m really thinking twice about going through with it. I weighed myself this morning and gained 4 pounds! I’m following a perfect diet, and I just don’t get it. My jeans are so tight now. I can’t even zip them up! Help!”

Henrietta, you’re not the only one experiencing this unexplained weight gain. I also gain weight whenever I start a new exercise program, especially if there’s crazy strength training involved.

This weight “gain” is very common, but only temporary! So, Henrietta, don’t toss your new exercise DVD in the trash or give it to your enemy.

What you’re experiencing is called delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). DOMS appear when your body tries to guard and defend the effected or targeted tissue. That’s why exercisers develop really sore muscles within 24-48 hours of working out.  Intense exercise programs cause microscopic tears in the muscle tissue. Your body then goes into fighting mode by swelling up your muscles with water.

That’s why your scale said you gained 4 pounds. That usually happens within a few weeks of starting a new program. The weight increase never lasts more than two weeks, so keep going and don’t give up like a lot of women do.

Women can be the most impatient when it comes to weight loss – always looking for a quick fix. I’ve been there! Just keep exercising and stick to the nutrition plan.

Please remember that this may happen each time you start a heavy workout phase, but it’ll go away again.  God didn’t give you a junk body – He gave you a perfect body – a body that knows how to protect itself, i.e. muscle soreness and temporary weight gain (water retention).

What if I’m not losing weight?

If the weight gain isn’t going away after two weeks – it’s most likely your diet. Write down everything you eat, and analyze what you’re eating. You should be gaining muscle NOT fat. That’s why scales are unreliable because muscle weighs more than fat. Always judge weight loss by trying on your clothes. Your jeans should feel loose – not the same or super tight.

Don’t ever quit exercising because of this temporary weight gain. Remember: Patience is a virtue.  Soon you’ll have the body and health you’ve always wanted.

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
George Savile
All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.
Thomas Kempis