In addition to eating healthy, it is important to maintain an active lifestyle. I love to run outdoors, go to the gym, go on hikes, and do yoga. It’s my ‘me time’, time for me to lose all my thoughts and enjoy myself. Plus, the post-exercise high is always refreshing.
There are two types of exercise– aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise is generally long in duration and low to medium in intensity. Aerobic actually means “with oxygen”— it causes the body to use oxygen –> breakdown glucose –> energy is produced. Aerobic exercise has a greater impact on cardiovascular health and the circulatory system.
Anaerobic exercises are usually short in duration and high in intensity. It means, “without oxygen”. Your body creates the energy without oxygen. Although some energy is created in the same way in aerobic exercise, this is not enough energy to maintain intense exercise. Instead, muscles utilize glycogen, the stored sugar from carbohydrates. Anaerobic exercise will help you build muscle mass, increase bone density and decrease body fat.
- Weight lifting
- Resistance training
- Competitive sports
Exercise is one of the greatest things you can do for your health. You don’t need to hit the gym EVERY day. Simply getting outside and going for a walk or hike, or playing with kids, can be active and improve your health. It can lead to an improved immune system, lower cholesterol levels, increase endurance and weight loss. It also reduces risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and types of cancers. Not bad huh?
So go out, catch a breath of fresh air, and refresh. You will feel better!
“Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people just don’t kill their husband.” – Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde
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