You know how everyone comes up with a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get fit or eat healthy foods? But by Valentine’s Day, they haven’t been to the gym in weeks, eaten a vegetable that’s not covered in dip and only see weights in fitness magazines? Don’t let this happen to you! Here are 5 reasons to keep your resolution.
1. It’s Your Body and You Love It!
This may not be the most important reason, but it is definitely the one that keeps us hitting the gym as often as we do – your body. You’ll love it even more if you are happy in that beautiful skin. Eating right and exercising make you feel good, and take care of this one body that you are so fortunate to have. Just reading this means that you are concerned about your health and well-being, so you deserve to love the way you look, and to enjoy the way you feel!
2. Stress Relief
There are enough things going on in your life now – home, family, work – and it’s stressful. Thankfully, there is nothing like the feeling of working out that tension with a tough workout at the gym. It makes you feel productive, like you’ve accomplished something, not to mention healthy and powerful. A few minutes in the gym can rid you of those angry feelings and pent up frustration that we all feel from time to time.
3. Your Heart
Exercise is the single best way to combat heart disease, which is the most likely killer of women in our country. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports around 330,000 women die each year from heart disease. That’s double the number of women that die due to lung, breast, colorectal cancer and accidental deaths combined. Needless to say, working your body’s most important muscle will keep you healthy for a long time.
4. Your Mind
You’ve seen studies that talk about the variety of activities that keep your mind working well, and lower your “brain age.” You may not know that choreographed group fitness classes do exactly the same thing. Learning a routine gives you the same mental benefit as do crosswords or brushing your teeth with your inferior hand, but give you the total body workout that most brain exercises miss out on.
There are certainly times in every woman’s life when we could use a little self esteem boost, and your workouts can be just the thing to do it. Once you start to see results, whether it’s sexy arms, or better posture or a tighter butt, seeing yourself as a little sexier, a bit tougher and just more powerful for getting through your challenging workouts, can be just the thing that you need for that extra boost of confidence. Visualize how you want to look, and know that the only way to get there is to log those workouts.
Make achievable goals, and get in as many workouts as you can each week. When you feel like you just can’t make it, try going for a quick jog around the block, running up and down your stairs a few times or hitting the gym for 20 minutes. Promise yourself 10 minutes, but chances are, once you get started, you’ll be itching to do more!