For so man of us life continues to get in the way of the things that we know we need to do. These can range from getting enough sleep, spending more quality time with family and friends, meal prepping, mapping out your daily calendar intentionally, and of course regular exercise.
Have you ever wondered how weight training and building muscle can actually help you lose weight? It seems like an oxymoron, right?
Are you afraid that if you gain muscle that you’ll just look bulkier when all you really want is a leaner body? Do you believe the theory that you must do lots of cardio training to lose weight?
DO NOT believe everything you read! The truth is, weight training is a key component to weight loss. You look better, build confidence, become stronger and your body becomes a calorie burning machine as you create more muscle. Let’s break it down just a bit into bite sized pieces we can more easily digest.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Physical activity can be any activity that gets your body moving.
If you’re like most of us, trying to squeeze in any type of physical activity during the day can be challenging and intimidating. It’s especially difficult when you’re over 40 and find that you lack energy as the day goes on.
A 5K is about 3.1 miles. If you’ve ever wanted to run one, then set your mind to it and do it! There are 5K’s all the time. Some benefit charity, some are a race for a prize, and some are just for fun. They even have themed ones, like the color run you’ve probably seen people doing. Whatever your motivation is for doing one, here is a schedule to help prepare for the race.
Remember in elementary and middle school when you had required gym time everyday? Remember that you actually enjoyed it? It’s because the gym teachers made it fun! You didn’t even realize you were exercising. This is before you realized that frog jumps were actually just jump squats. If you REALLY had a cool gym teacher then you got to make frog sounds while exploding next to your best friend in these frog jumps. Regardless, it was fun. Why not get a workout in and ask your kids to join!? They’ll love it and it’ll be a change for you. No, I don’t suggest making frog noises if your kids aren’t working out with you. Unless, that makes you happy. Then to each their own, and ribbit away!
A study done by the Scottish Healthy Survey observed 2,000 active participants. They found those who took their workout outdoors had a 50 percent greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym. 50 percent!!
Another study by Glasgow University found that doing some type of cardio outdoors dramatically reduces stress.
A third study, reported by BBC, found that by spending just 5 minutes of exercise outdoors can improve your mood and self esteem.
Do you get the point!?! Let’s get outside!! Even if it’s just for a few minutes, you’ll notice a difference!