Exercise – Is it Getting You to Your Best? Or Getting The Best of You?

Ladies, I profess that I am not a health expert. Nor, do I have a body that is  fabulously fit.  But, I do know great advice when I hear it.  And I’m especially pumped when I’ve actually done the stuff that was recommended and it worked! Here are a few tips that I’ve learned that absolutely DO Work!

Eat five times a day
Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? But I bet if you take out the multiple snacking that you do during the day, and really focus on sensible eating then this will probably work for you.   That means three meals and two snacks: one between breakfast and lunch, and one between lunch and dinner. “You’ll have a steady stream of energy; plus, less food more often isn’t as taxing on your digestive system as three big meals.   Five daily feedings stabilizes your blood sugar, so  you will avoid  mood swings or hunger pangs.

You’re doing too much of the same thing.  This is something that I am very guilty of pretty often. I find something I like and I just stick to it. Then I wonder why later, I haven’t gotten the results I wanted. So, whether it’s indoor cycling, Zumba, barre classes, or running on the treadmill if that’s all you do, you’re going to get very good at it…and then any body changes you were making will drop off. Luckily, there’s an easy fix: Try something new! And be specific about it—if your goal is more muscle tone, add some strength workouts. Or if you want to improve your flexibility, give yoga a try. If you want what you don’t have, you have to do what you don’t already do.

You’re overtired or overstressed. If you are a parent, taking care of someone else and/ or a workholic then you are probably one of those women who are missing out on the basic fundamentals of  good night’s sleep. Every Night. Working out and eating well are only two parts of the equation. If you’re not sleeping enough or you’re really feeling the pressure at work, your body isn’t going to adapt as well to the positive influence of exercise. Sleep is essential for muscles to heal after a tough sweat session, and stress can wreak havoc on your hormones, training your body to retain fat. Try to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep by treating bedtime as an unbreakable appointment, and look for ways to manage your stress. I know, I know. It’s easier said than done. But it’s possible!

You’re not challenging yourself enough. More and more, studies are showing that the intensity of a workout matters more than its duration when it comes to weight loss. As mentioned above, your body adapts quickly to the same routine, and this includes marathon steady-state sessions on the elliptical or long even-keeled runs in the park. Instead, try mixing it up with a different form of cardio,running intervals or high intensity level training.  The same intensity concern also goes for strength workouts done with too-light weights—in order totone muscles, you have to lift heavy.  There’s one caveat here, though; not every lifting session should be to your max potential. By alternating workouts between light, medium, and heavy days, you’ll get the best toning results.

Exercise is something that should be incorporated into our lifestyles every day.  You may not always have the time, but you need to find a way to make the time. It’s like having air.  You need it to live.  Excercise. You need it to live longer.