When we begin our exercise journey it’s a different experience for everyone, we are all out of our comfort zone, going through many different thoughts and emotions; from excitement to fear, uncertainty, hope even anxiety. We are not really sure what is going to happen, everyone always says that exercise makes you feel happier and healthier but what about the things that people don’t tell you about?
Now I don’t mean you will want to take on the world in a fight, although you will definitely be stronger, so fighting the world may actually be possible. But what I mean is you will be ready to take on the world, you will have more energy, more confidence, you will begin to feel like anything is possible and nothing can get in your way- even if it tried. The girl that would once struggle to climb up the stairs without feeling tired can now do a minute worth of burpees without stopping. Having all of these different accomplishments with your health that you once deemed impossible gives you a whole new outlook on the world. It is now yours to take, and make of it what you want.
The fact that Sally has run 3 marathons and has a killer body used to bother you, but now all that consumes your mind is that yesterday you reached your personal best on the chest press, what’s next. Who cares what anyone else is doing or has done; you are paving your own way, making improvements everyday. You are your only competition, and the only thing that matters is being better than you were yesterday.
Looking in the mirror used to bring you down, all you could see was what was wrong, wishing you could change everything about yourself, wanting to lose inches here, and tone up there.
But now when you look in the mirror it fills you with excitement and hope, all you see are the improvements you’ve made, and how far you’ve come. Instead of wishing and wanting you could, you have now actually done it, you have lost inches here and toned up there. You no longer dwell on the negative, you can now look at yourself and be happy with what you see because you know you are only going in one direction, and that is up!
A lot of women fear that once they begin exercising they will get huge, start to look like a man and become undesirable. But once you start to work out, you soon realise that this doesn’t happen at all. Instead of getting big, you get sexy. When you start to get a little definition in your legs and wear your best pair of high heels, it’ll be your legs getting all the attention instead of the heels. You don’t jiggle anymore, the fat that was once there has been replaced by a little definition, which makes you look sexy, healthy and fit!
Waking up to get ready for work used to be a struggle, let alone actually having to sit there for 8 hours and keep focussed. Now that you’ve started to exercise falling asleep during work is a thing of the past, you find that you are a lot more alert and have way more energy now. Being able to focus on projects ensures that you to get them done with accuracy, efficiency and to the best of your ability, allowing you to get more work done throughout the day with fewer mistakes. Keeping up with this great work ethic and you never know, there may be a promotion waiting for you around the corner!
In the pre- exercise days, the choice between having a chocolate or a banana used to be a no brainer, 9 times out of 10 chocolate would be the pick. But now you have started to exercise, you have begun to notice a difference in your food choices. It is no longer a chore to eat salad instead of the burger and fries, when you’re in the supermarket you no longer browse the snack isle, instead you are in the ‘health foods’ section seeing what new health foods are there to try out. You are now bringing fruit and nuts to work instead of running over to Purity for a jam puff. Eating healthy is now a way of life for you instead of a burden that is on your shoulders, counting down the days until the cheat day.
Everyone always says you should exercise to help decrease blood pressure, and it’s true. Regular exercise makes your heart stronger which allows it to pump more blood around the body with less effort and therefore generating less force on your arteries, lowering your blood pressure. Aerobic exercises are the best, like walking, swimming or cycling, try working out at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes, 5 days a week for success.
Exercising makes you stronger, increases your cardiovascular system and improves flexibility- all factors that make for a better sex life. If you are stronger, you will be able to hold all of those fancy positions that you want to try out, and the better your cardiovascular system is, the longer you can go without getting tired (nobody wants a one minute man.) And with an increased flexibility- well, need I say more? Exercise also helps to improve blood flow around the body, which in theory makes sex more pleasurable, this is because sexual arousal involves an increased blood flow to the genital area, and if it feels better, you will want to do it more.
Become the face of fitness you’ve always wanted and start your exercise plan today for all of these unexpected benefits.