Why should you bother to exercise and how exactly to squeeze it in your busy lifestyle?
Or are you, perhaps, thinking: everyone else is doing it except you, so you will look out of shape and feel silly?
Wrong. It is NEVER too late to start exercising.
Exercising is not just for under 30s. Your body is yearning to get lively as it is designed for activity, but, if allowed, it will begin to seize up, fatten up and generally degenerate. So, whatever your age, moderate exercise can help with your wellness as it builds and strengthens muscles, improves skeletal density (keeps osteoporosis at bay), gets your heart pumping, helps shift plaque from your arteries, helps mobilise toxins trapped in fat cells, uses up stored fat reducing stored weight, and many more benefits.
Exercise, however, is just one part of the equation. You may have heard this before, or you may hear it for the first time, in which case you may well be surprised, but your health is 80% down to your nutrition and 20% down to exercise. Therefore, poor fuel will equal poor performance.
To maintain or gain a fit body, the quantity and quality of the fuel you use as energy affects not just your size (if you carry excess body fat), but massively impacts your overall health. Just like a car, good fuel burns clean and bad fuel leaves toxins behind when it burns (just, unlike car, these toxins stay in our body). Fast food and junk stresses the body with toxic deposits.
So, increased activity must be combined with correctly balanced, optimal nutrition. The reward is an improved long term health. Exercise naturally stresses the body cells resulting in damage and destruction, which needs additional nutrients for cell repair and recovery. In a healthy body, with every second that passes, around 5, 000, 000 (yes, 5 MILLION cells every second) die through wear and tear. These are immediately replaced through the body’s continual cell division process. However, a poor nutrient supply coupled with intense training puts pressure on this process, because food is divided between all other bodily functions too, and this can have a long term negative effect on your body and health.
What happens when you exercise?
When you exercise, the stressing of the muscles causes muscle tissue to break down, which is known as “catabolism”. The body then needs to rebuild the muscle fibres, known as “anabolism”. Both processes use energy, which must come in the right balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates as fuel. and let’s not forget an all mighty water too. But exercise requires more than just fuel for energy, many micronutrients too are used up in the process. To help minimise oxidative stress, neutralise free radicals and top up body’s needs for vitamins and minerals, you must ensure a good, clean diet with an addition of high quality pharmaceutical grade supplementation for the best results. No wonder athletes take their nutrition so seriously, but this advice is not just for the athletes, but for anyone who exercises.
So, whatever exercise you choose to do, do not neglect your body’s needs for optimal nutrition. If you are not sure where to start, getting a wellness coach is a great idea to get your personalised plan that works for you. Do feel free to reach out to me if you need help getting started. Our nutrition trial pack is a great way to get started.
How to activate your body?
Choose a type of exercise that you enjoy. This is crucial as you will continue doing something only if you enjoy it. Regular exercise helps to increase and sustain an efficient fat-burning metabolism.
Many choose AEROBIC exercises such as jogging, swimming, walking, cycling, as they are less strenuous, sustained form of exercise. Aerobic exercise helps reduce blood pressure, blood cholesterol, supports cardiovascular health and helps stabilise blood sugar levels. The key to a fat-burning exercise routine is to maintain aerobic activity 3 times a week, ideally 30-40 minutes at a time. Doing less than this will not encourage body to use stored fat and doing more can over work and stress the body.
Fat Loss- Muscle Gain
Muscle fibres are heavier than fat tissue, so, if you are trying to lose weight and exercise 3-4 times a week, don’t be surprised if you actually put some weight on.This naturally occurs as the stored fat is used as fuel and lean muscle tissue is gradually formed. We have a way of tracking this down and is a great way to see body composition changing and move away from sole focus on weight.
Exercising at High Intensity
Exercising at high intensity has been proven to have tremendous effects on our fitness level, rate at which we burn fat for fuel, increase our metabolism, build muscle and more. There are lost of high intensity workouts, so do check if there are any in your area.
Whilst my background is in nutrition, I am also an accredited CobraFIT coach and have chosen CobraFIT for its incredible benefits of a High Intensity Interval Resistance Training. I obviously run them here in Bath, however, do check if CobraFIT has arrived in your area. I highly recommend them as they are just incredible way to get fit. What makes it very unique is, thanks to our nutritional background, our business model combines nutrition with exercise, as it is the only way to achieve long term health and maximum result. Our Herbalife Nutrition formulas provide the best possible nutritional support available for an active lifestyle and are used by millions of people worldwide, as well as hundreds of leading athletes and teams.
Every new CobraFIT participants starts with 6 Day Healthy Breakfast Nutrition Trial Pack to help clean up their diet too on top of their exercise efforts. It is a great was to see what can be achieved in just under a week before committing long term.Many have never looked back. Just check out our success stories.
I hope this has given you some inspiration to start exercising because it is incredibly important for your health and ageing, but also, it has brought to your intention the importance of eating right too.
Wishing you all the very best with your exercise efforts and, if you live in Bath, England, do check out CobraFIT Bath page at http://www.CobraFITBath.co.uk or contact me on 07794 976 209 to book your trial session.
You only get one body, so start today!