My Benefits from Adopting an Active Lifestyle

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Posted: 15 May 2013, 12:43
I just wanted to share a few wonderful and surprising benefits I have discovered in the past few months as a result of incorporating exercise into my daily life (30 minutes a day x 6 days a week). I would love to hear from the rest of you about the obvious and maybe not so obvious benefits you have discovered.

I never had a regular fitness program before and now that I see how good I feel, I can't believe I couldn't do this before I was 43 years old. I started this on 3/29/13 and only 7 weeks later I feel like I need to and will maintain regular workouts in my life. Better late than never!

1. Better sleep.

2. Overall feeling of more energy and strength.

3. No PMS symptoms at all for past 2 months.

4. Caught a cold virus last week and was down for 3-4 days and then bounced back, when in recent years it would take me 7-14 days to completely recover. (And yes, I did miss 3 workout days to rest while I was sick and still lost weight last week! Nice!)

5. When I used to do an occasional treadmill "workout", I would do about 15-20 minutes max. on a low to moderate speed with little incline and feel pretty good about myself. But I never broke a sweat. Now on my cardio days, I do a 30-minute fast walk with some jogging intervals and upper body moves, with incline and speed changes along the way, while listening to one of my custom Cardio playlists on my iPod and I sweat like crazy. It feels fantastic and I love doing it and the 30 minutes is not hard at all. How incredible to feel this way compared to how I used to feel!

I'm really not using this post as a place to brag, but more of a way to say I can't believe I didn't put out this kind of effort earlier in life to reap these benefits. And I can't wait to discover more and more benefits as I continue and attain a healthy weight. I hope my experience and epiphany over this can inspire others at a younger age to incorporate regular activity into their healthy lifestyle makeovers.

Good luck and good health to everyone! Smile

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Posted: 15 May 2013, 14:16
your reaping the benefits of your hard work

One of the biggest failures in exercise is that people don't know how to train intensely
You have learnt that and that's where the benefits come from

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Posted: 15 May 2013, 18:09
Nothing like working up a good sweat - I love it!! Smile

One thing that really floored me was how much easier Zumba got. At first I thought it was just because I was getting used to some of the dance moves until my friend pointed out the fact that it was probably easier because I wasn't carrying around 25 extra pounds!! It hadn't even crossed my mind! Plus, the endorphins are fabulous, aren't they?? Smile

Keep on moving! Smile

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Posted: 15 May 2013, 20:29
Great work! The rewards will keep on coming.

I find that I'm just....happier. If something is bothering me or i was angry about something, after my workout i can't even remember why. My moods have been fantastic even on the days where the boys didn't let us sleep much. Gotta love those endorphins!

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Posted: 15 May 2013, 22:29
It took me AGES to both physically, but DEFINITELY also mentally, get to a point where I saw the relevance of exercise.

I see it now, and I can only +1 everything above. It's hard work, sure. But once you "get it", it's fun and good work, it makes you feel great and it makes your life so much better in so many ways.

My benefits:

- I simply feel amazing.
- Stronger than ever. I easily carry my 100 lbs bass cabinets on my own, even to my 3rd floor apartment.
- It's much, much easier to maintain weight. In truth, I have trouble NOT losing weight. LOL.

..and so much more. Smile
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Posted: 16 May 2013, 09:42
Good for you!! I feel like the benefit I get mentally is just as important as the physical. I love the feeling I get after working hard and getting a good sweat going. I just feel more positive once I get that workout done.
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Get one mile pace under 11 mins.
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Posted: 19 May 2013, 08:39
It used to be my daily workout was a walk to the coffee shop about 1/4 of a mile from home. Now I take the long route to get there, 3/4 of a mile, and do alternating pilates and yoga every evening. Adding cardio workouts to my routine as of this coming Monday! (I tried 20 mins of it last week, and was dripping with sweat afterwards. Can't waiit to ser what happens when it becomes daily!) Wink
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Posted: 26 May 2013, 07:31
OMG I am so impressed by all of you. I am still working with the diet and how to eat well with working long hours. I know I need to exorcise, and I know that it is only me that is making excuses. I hurt my back a while ago, and still suffer from stabbing pains periodically, but I think that starting an exorcise routine will help.

My question to you all would be, what was the switch, what was that one thing that finally got you to get up and do it, but more importantly keep doing it?

Any tips would be brilliant, as I really struggle with this part of my life.

Well done to all of you Smile

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Posted: 26 May 2013, 07:41
Rainz wrote:
OMG I am so impressed by all of you. I am still working with the diet and how to eat well with working long hours. I know I need to exorcise, and I know that it is only me that is making excuses. I hurt my back a while ago, and still suffer from stabbing pains periodically, but I think that starting an exorcise routine will help.

My question to you all would be, what was the switch, what was that one thing that finally got you to get up and do it, but more importantly keep doing it?

Any tips would be brilliant, as I really struggle with this part of my life.

Well done to all of you Smile

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Posted: 27 May 2013, 21:25
Hi Rainz. What motivated me to just do it "this time" is that for the past 8 years I really wanted to be a contestant on the Biggest Loser TV show, or have some kind of weight loss makeover like that. I knew that with the trainer and dedicated time, I could do it. Even though I live in Los Angeles and could easily go to an audition, I know I can't take that time away from my family or my job because my family can't be without my salary. So when I saw Jillian Michaels' Body Revolution program and saw that it was just 30 minutes a day, I thought surely I can squeeze 30 minutes at home into my day. I can create my own Biggest Loser program for myself at home. I ordered the DVDs with a lot of motivation and a little fear that I would try it for a few days and then quit.

When I began, I had already been exercising on my own for 3 months, but only about 2 days a week and only walks and light hiking. Once I started the BR program, I was hooked! I like that it's quick, works out my whole body (strength training, cardio, flexibility), it's definitely challenging me, and I personally like her coaching style. I just started week 9 this morning. It was super hard, but I do it nevertheless 6 days a week and I feel GREAT when it's done each morning. I modify moves when I need to, because I'm still large enough so that putting all my body weight on my wrists or jumping with too much force is just too much for me. I can feel the strength in muscles that I never thought I would.

I always made excuses about not working out at home due to kids, work, etc., but this time it clicked and I make sure to make ME time every morning before my kids get up. When I'm done, I wake them up to get ready for school and get me ready for work. Getting exercise done in the morning makes me feel SUPER all day and makes me want to eat clean, healthy food. I love it! I'm so glad to have caught the fitness bug and am looking forward to starting over with my BR program day 1 when my first 90 days are done. I'm interested to see how much better I will be at all the moves after having the completed the program the first time. Around day 88 of my program .I'll be going on vacation for 2 weeks and I'm already planning my workouts in hotels and even on a cruise.

Not trying to be a JM spokesperson, just letting you know what is motivating me. Thanks and good luck to everyone!

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Posted: 28 May 2013, 08:18
Initially, I started jogging with a friend, so we kept each other going. Once she moved away, I kept at it by myself for years until an injury knocked me off my feet for a couple of months. I found it very hard to motivate myself again after that. So, the honest answer for me would be going on holiday with our neighbours LOL. I didn't want them to see me in my swimsuit and then come back and tell all our other neighbours how awful I looked. I'd been half-heartedly trying to get back into a proper exercise routine after the injury, but that was the thing that finally got me motivated again. Now I'm back in the groove, I feel so much better, physically stronger and more self-confident ... and I want to keep that feeling going Smile

Exercise is also a massive stressbuster for me. I get home from work and go straight out into the gym or out on the road; then I can greet my husband with a smile when I get back, rather than a huge moan about my day, or the traffic etc. So exercise is good for my marriage too!

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