So I wanted to remind our Boot Campers of other things that happen to our bodies as a result of working out. We aren’t just working out to be thinner for a wedding or to look good at our 20th High School Reunion. Not only is fitness a lifestyle, but amazing things are happening on the insides of our bodies that we cannot see.
Have you noticed any changes since beginning your journey? Have you been able to decrease the amount of medications you are taking ? Do you feel more confident, more agile, less fatigued?
1. We are building bone density
Strength training can keep our bones strong and help ward of diseases such as Osteopenia (the beginning of osteoporosis) and Osteoporosis (brittle bones). Any weight-bearing exercise and activities that promote balance and good posture are beneficial for your bones, but walking, running, jumping, dancing and weightlifting are particularly helpful.
2. We can lower our blood pressure and resting heart rates
With time, regular physical activity strengthens the heart and improves the overall function of the circulatory system. Blood pressure should be less than 120/80 mm Hg a normal Resting Heart Rate for active adults should be somewhere between 50-75 bpm’s.
3. Our Metabolism is on fire! Burning calories like crazy
If we were just “Cardio Queens” we would be create a lean body, however we wouldn’t have much muscle. But because we strength train AND do cardio both we are Fitter, Faster, Stronger and Healthier. Our muscles burn more calories than fat 3:1. Also, because muscle is denser it takes up less space than fat.
4. Exercise improves mood and decreases stress;
Physical activity stimulates Endorphin production, leaving you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Because you are feeling so awesome about your accomplishments and your SELF you will find that your energy levels go up to match this new you Endorphins are natural painkillers — and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.
5. Exercise promotes better sleep
Couldn’t we all sleep better? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Research has shown exercise can help to improve not only the quantity of sleep but also the quality! Daytime physical activity may stimulate longer periods of slow-wave sleep, the deepest and most restorative stages of sleep. So don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.