EXERCISE - WHAT'S IT DO FOR ME?
What’s exercise do for me in addition to getting me fit and helping me lose unwanted fat? Exercising and staying fit does a lot for you. In fact here’s a list of just some extra benefits of your fitness program that you may have never thought about. So the next time you feel like calling it a day when you’re working out, pull out this list and read about all of the great things exercising is doing for you; and it will hopefully motivate you to “stay the course”. Take a look at the following reasonS to exercise and let me know what you think.
To Prevent Disease
Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of just about every single health problem known to man, from stroke to heart disease to cancer and osteoporosis. Exercise is also a great defense against type 2 diabetes, which is one of the fastest growing diseases of our time.
To Look Great
Exercise firms your body, improves posture and even makes your skin glow. Looking your best is a super result of regular exercise.
To Lose Weight and Keep It Off
Exercise burns fat and prevents future fat storage. If you want to have a thinner, healthier body, exercise is the answer.
To Increase Your Energy
Anyone who exercises regularly will tell you that they are more energetic, feel less irritable and generally feel great.
To Sleep Better
Exercise boosts energy levels, but also wears you out. It makes you feel great during the day and helps you to sleep better at night.
To Slow Aging
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight aging. When you age your body loses muscle and bone; the losses of both are drastically reduced when you exercise regularly.
To Relieve Back Pain
In general, the best thing that you can do for back pain is to move and strengthen those muscles. Consult your physician or physical therapist for guidance; but in general exercise helps reduce and/or relieve back pain.
To Ease Depression
Exercise has been proven to reduce depression, sometimes even as effectively as medication. People who exercise regularly generally feel good about themselves and the world around them.
To Reduce Aches and Pains
Improving your overall strength through exercise, and strengthening muscles around damaged joints helps to reduce joint pain and overall aches. Of course always consult your physician before starting an exercise program, especially if you have chronic joint pain.
To Keep You Mentally Sharp
Exercise has been shown to improve memory and other cognitive functions; and has been shown to fight against dementia. A Harvard University researcher called exercise "Miracle-Grow for the brain."
To Enjoy Your Lifestyle
Whatever it is that you love in life (your kids, travel, sports, fashion) it is all more enjoyable when experienced in a fit and healthy body. Exercise so that you are able to enjoy all the great things in life.
To Improve Your Health
People who exercise regularly are 50% less likely to call in sick to work. A regular exercise program reduces colds and upper respiratory infections. In general you are more healthy than when you don’t exercise regularly.
To Increase Your Confidence
Being fit, feeling healthy and having energy are all building blocks to having great confidence. There is no better confidence booster than sticking with a regular exercise program.
So what does regular exercise do for you? I hope you agree the answer is a lot. If you need help with a good exercise program feel free to contact me, I’ll be happy to help. As most of you know, I love fitness; and I hope I’ve shown you a few tangible reasons why a great exercise program is so important to all of us. So have fun exercising.
Until next time remember, “Stay Fit You’ll Feel Better.”
Cranberry Quinoa Mini Muffins
Here is a muffin that is truly packed with fiber; and most important tastes great. Whole wheat flour and wholesome cooked quinoa combine with almonds and cranberries for a moist and delicious treat. Try these warm with a good cup of coffee or tea. What a treat.
(Note: Cooked quinoa can be used in place of some of the flour in almost any recipe to increase protein and fiber.)
• 1 cup unsweetened rice milk
• 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds
• 1/4 cup safflower oil
• 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
• zest from 1 small lemon
• 1 cup whole wheat flour
• 1/2 cup ground almonds
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground sea salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
• 1 1/4 cups cooked quinoa
• 1/3 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
• 1/4 cup organic turbinado raw cane sugar
1. Preheat oven to 370 degrees F. Place 12 muffins liners in muffin pan and set aside.
2. In a medium sized bowl combine the rice milk, flaxseed, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, almond and lemon zest.
3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, ground almond, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cardamom. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones and fold in the cooked quinoa and chopped cranberries.
4. Use an ice cream scooper to fill each muffin liner 3/4 full. Sprinkle the turbinado raw cane sugar on top of each muffin.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
One serving equals: 55 calories, 2.5g fat, 8g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, and 1g protein.