workout wednesday

it has been a little over six months since i began a regular workout routine. and since they say it takes thirty days for a habit to be formed i think it’s safe to say i’m a faithful gym attendee. phew! while i’m not nearly where i’d like to be as far as goals are concerned i know am well on my way with an average attendance of four times a week. i’m definitely stronger, faster, and can pump heavier weight. i still need to fit yoga or pilates into my routine at least once a week. flexibility is a big component of fitness that can be overlooked as the treadmill, rowing machine, and weights tend to tighten the muscles. and stretching is a definite must. but here are a few differences i’ve noted since i’ve hit the gym:

sleep: nothing is better than a good night sleep. when i hit the pillow at night i don’t wake up until 6am.

skin: whenever i have a regular exercise regimen in place people always compliment my skin tone. and, yes, i take very good care of my skin with the latest and greatest products, but it’s a sweaty workout several times a week that gives it a glow.

leaves me feeling euphoric: there’s nothing like an endorphin high after a sixty-minute workout. i leave the gym de-stressed and happy. that mood lasts all day long.

builds self-esteem and body image: exercise gives me a surge of confidence when i’ve improved my rowing time or pumped a heavier weight. it’s all about attainable goals and pushing myself to the next level.

reverses effects of stress: there are studies that show exercise may reverse stresses toll on our aging process. all the stress i’ve built up during the day ebbs away when i’m climbing a monster hill on the treadmill.

lifts depression: feeling grumpy? getting active boosts the production of brain molecules that improve connections between nerve cells, acting as a natural anti-depressant.

have i shared enough reasons to convince you to head to the gym? what are you waiting for? even if a daily walk is all that you can squeeze into your schedule – just do it! i promise if you get up and move you won’t be sorry.

workout wednesday

workout wednesday

workout wednesday

workout wednesday

workout wednesday

labels: leggings J.Crew; tank top J.Crew; sweatshirt Christopher and Banks; shoes Nike

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12 Comments

  1. Sharon Woryn wrote:

    I am a Lifetime Weight Watcher and you can’t maintain your weight without an exercise program. I did spin class at 6 A.M. this morning. I have worn the same size for forty years because of exercise. I highly recommend the book, Younger Next Year—-Live strong, fit and sexy until You’re 80 and beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge. I received it as a gift and have given away 7 myself. It is loaded with terrific information to be strong well past 40. Can you tell I am very passionate on this subject?

    Posted 3.22.17
    • love (hate) spin class! good for you, sharon. and thanks for the book recommendation – it is on my list. thanks so much for sharing your personal story – well done for wearing the same size for forty years. there’s no doubt about it – exercise works! and helps us to feel our best. there’s nothing like it.
      xoxo

      Posted 3.23.17
  2. I don’t disagree with any of your points…just slow to follow!-Laurel

    Posted 3.22.17
    • i’ll nudge you along, laurel! ‘cuz you’ll feel great – i promise.
      xoxo

      Posted 3.23.17
  3. donnanance wrote:

    Oh, I so admire your discipline! I’m about to do some serious cleaning…does that count? ha! Have a marvelous day… xoxo

    Posted 3.22.17
    • i do think cleaning the house will burn some calories!
      xoxo

      Posted 3.23.17
  4. Bobbie White wrote:

    Another reason to exercise. I’ve had bone density tests done at age 55, 63 and just had one at 71.
    My density has hardly changed since age 55. No osteoarthritis – Yea! I exercise three times a week,
    plus walk our dog 2 miles a day. Stay strong, ladies.

    Posted 3.22.17
    • that is wonderful, bobbie! good for you. and thanks for sharing your tips. it’s so important to hear personal stories.
      xoxo

      Posted 3.23.17
  5. Sue Smith wrote:

    Good for you! The de-stress part of it is the most attractive to me! This time of year is crazy stressful for me and anything to ease that is welcome.

    Posted 3.22.17
    • i think that’s one of the benefits i love most about exercise – less stress! it all gets dumped on the gym floor.
      xoxo

      Posted 3.23.17
  6. ronn jorden wrote:

    Secret revealed …. for looking beautiful …. be fitness freak …

    Posted 3.23.17
    • it doesn’t hurt, that’s for certain! and you end up feeling great.
      xoxo

      Posted 3.23.17

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