Thursday, December 5, 2013

10 INSTANT improvements to your body when you eat right and exercise


1- Endorphins......MOOD! any kind of exercise that gets your heart rate up will have you experiencing that "runner's high."  A "runner's high" is a real thing.  It releases feel good endorphins that make you feel awesome!  The more intense your workout, the more HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY you will feel.  It's true what they say, "you are one workout away from a good mood."

2- Circulation- Eating the right foods will help blood flow throughout your entire body.  Clogging our system with unhealthy, greasy, fatty foods makes it hard for oxygen rich blood to flow to areas that get deprived.  Healthy food and exercise will help your organs function better, your heart will get stronger, and your brain will even function at a higher level.

3- Skin- Why wouldn't healthy foods and lots of green veggies make our skin glow?  Cutting sugar and processed foods will clear your skin and make you look younger.  When you feed your body proper nutrients it helps to generate skin cells which will improve the overall appearance of your skin.

4- Sleep- When you live a healthier lifestyle that includes exercise your sleep pattern will improve.  You will find yourself falling asleep easier and staying asleep.  Exercise is good for our body because it will cause it to tire out as night comes which helps us to settle down, unwind, and fall asleep.

5- Self Confidence- When you make healthier choices you feel good about yourself.  When you accomplish a long run or lift a heavy weight you never have before, these are all awesome confidence boosters.  Even choosing a glass of water over your favorite soda will make you feel in charge and confident.  Healthy eating and exercise also gives us great looking bodies.  Which of course will have you feeling confident in anything you choose to wear.

6- Bloating- When we eat more veggies and other clean whole foods, exercising, and drinking lots of water, your body will shed excess water right away.  This will change the number on the scale quickly but also your clothes will fit better and you will feel less bloated.  Processed foods and high in sodium will cause your body to hold onto water, leaving you feeling puffy.

7- Immunity- Healthy foods really can fight off infections and disease.  Healthy foods and veggies really can boost our immunity.  A good ol' green smoothie daily can act as your flu shot, seriously! You would be surprised at many foods that are natural anti-bacterial and even foods like broccoli that activate your body's own cancer fighting enzymes.  And those who exercise moderately are helping themselves to decrease the amount of viruses that you could catch throughout the year.

8- Sex Drive- Obviously when you feel better about yourself you will feel more sexy.  Exercise can play a major role in your self confidence which will improve your sex drive because you will feel more comfortable in your skin.  Eating healthy, nutrient rich foods also can also improve our libido by increasing certain hormones we need to feel sexual.

9- Stress/Depression- Cortisol is the stress hormone.  When you exercise you reduce these levels of cortisol and you increase the levels of serotonin which are our feel good hormones.  I'm sure we have all exercised when we feel stressed and I'm almost positive that after you feel less stressed.  Even if it's only for a few hours.  But you definitely can feel those levels of cortisol drop as your levels of serotonin increase.  When we don't feel great about ourselves it can lead us to feel depressed.   Exercising and healthy eating are sure ways to make us feel better about ourselves and change our moods.

10- Energy- You know that when you are working out you will have more energy for your day and you can sustain your day better if we are in shape.  When we eat healthy foods that keep our blood sugar levels stable, this will help avoid those 3pm crashes of feeling sluggish that we all seem to hit from happening.  Eating healthy foods throughout the day will help us keep energized.


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