The Fitness Corner

Treat Your Body - Treat Yourself

by Shelley Pennoyer Shelley's Belfry
Shelley Pennoyer Innovator   Shelley's Belfry
Do it for Yourself

In today's day and age, society puts a lot of emphasis on womens physical appearance. There is a lot of pressure to have a specific physique that can be admired.

What if we were to actually do it for ourselves? What if we put aside societies expectations and make improvements for us? Our self esteem and ability to manage stress depends on it. I believe that if we do it for ourselves (and only ourselves) we'd be more successful and happier. Doing it because you have to is not very motivating and your won't stick to it very long. Doing it for yourself will empower you to succeed.

Remember to have a dress up day, a casual day,a cheat day, and a treat yourself day, to keep you motivated. Your body is unlike any other machine in the world. Generally speaking, the more you use a machine the faster it will wear down. However, the more you use your body the more efficient it becomes and the longer (and better) it will work. 

Often the last thing we want to do at the end of a long day is exercise - it's a whole lot easier to put up our feet and hit the couch. Unfortunately, doing nothing leaves us feeling even more lethargic. It's no great secret that lack of exercise results in decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, a reduction in the cardiovascular system, and numerous health risks. Many people don't realize that a lack of exercise also results in decreased energy levels. A proper fitness regimen can do just the opposite: it will give us more energy.

The more we use our bodies the more efficient they become, and this leads to a greater level of endurance. In addition, exercise increases our oxygen consumption, which results in more blood flow throughout the body. This is especially true in the brain where increased blood flow causes a release of endorphins, which give us a sense of well-being and accomplishment.

So treat yourself today to a healthier body and mind for yourself.
Nov 7th 2008 21:06

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