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Exercise

“Don’t wish for a good body, work for it”

We all know exercise is important. But do you know why?

The most basic explanation is that when we move, we burn calories. The more we move, the more calories we burn. The more resistance we put against those movements, even more calories are burned.

In order to reduce our body size and body fat, we must have a calorie deficit.

Which basically means we burn more calories than we consume.

So, if we just make a start to improve our movements each and every day, we will begin to burn off more calories.

Movement doesn’t have to be hard or mean going to the gym.

Getting up at regular intervals during the day and going for a short walk is a good start, especially if you have a desk job.

Try upping those walks to hit 10,000 steps.

Try doing those walks before eating food so our bodies get into a fat burning mode and helps us to burn of those consumed calories much more effectively.

Exercise doesn’t mean having to go to the gym. We can find much more enjoyable ways to exercise if the gym isn’t for you. 

Anything from hiking, cycling, dancing, swimming will help increase your heart rate and burn off those calories.

If you make it enjoyable, you’re more likely to continue to do it!

If you do decide to go to the gym, shake up routines.

Lifting weights can help turn fat into muscle which is more dense so even if you stay the same weight, you’ll be in a better shape.

Cardio helps increase our lung capacity as well as burning of fat. As we breathe our heart is pumping more oxygen around our body.

Yoga and Pilates can be a more relaxing exercise which helps build our core strength enabling us to be stronger and more flexible.

Whatever exercise you undertake, as well as helping us burn fat and get fitter, there’s other added benefits.

Increased oxygen circulation can help us improve memory function, release endorphins from our brain to give us a natural happy sensation, it improves our immune system and we find we have more energy.

As well as having a better posture, feeling less stressed, and helping to improve sleep.

As with anything new, don’t go all out and aim for immediate changes. You are not going to be able to run a marathon in a week. If you try too much, beyond your capabilities? You’re going to struggle and more likely to quit.

Any quick shred programme is really going to push you to your limits and beyond. You’re going to find it tough and whilst you will see improvements, once that time is up, you’re unlikely to continue at that pace and fall back into old habits again.

So, start simply. Aim to improve a little each week. Set real targets to achieve which do push your abilities a little more than normal.

With continued small changes week on week, you will find over time you have come a long way and have enjoyed the process too.

Get your body moving!