Want to feel better, have more energy and consistent weight loss? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Physical activity and a proper healthy diet are pivotal to a person’s overall health although making them both part of your lifestyle will be difficult at first but when mastered will make a dramatic difference in how you look and feel!

Some of the benefits to name a few are:
• Helps control weight and assists weight loss
• Reduce your risk of cardio vascular disease
• Strengthen your bones, joints and muscles
• Improves mood
• Boost Energy
• Reduce your risk of some cancers
• Promotes better sleep

When it comes to weight management especially with weight loss aim for at least 30-60min of physical activity at a rate of 3-5 times a week depending on your current weight and fitness goals. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercises program, especially if you haven’t exercises for a long time, have chronic health problem or you have any concerns.

Some tips to help you get moving:
• Take it slow at first
• Make time and fit it into your busy schedule
• Make it fun, focus an activities you enjoy
• Get a Personal Trainer.
• Set specific, manageable goals.
• Get a partner or friend to join you

When regularly changing your routine or give your body variety, your body will be continually challenged and it will burn more calories, resulting in a more successful weight loss. In addition, you can avoid repetition and boredom. Many people will quit their workout routine due to boredom or lack of results. The change can be made in the intensity of the workout or in the type of workout. You may also increase the time spent working out.

Some experts believe that it can be helpful to change up your workout routine on a daily basis and perform a different type of workout each day. However, even if you change your routine once every two or four weeks, you may see better results than if you maintain your regular routine unaltered. Your body will have to work harder and you will also avoid repetitiveness. Which will give you the best results!

There are three main types of exercise; each one has a different effect on your body:
• Aerobic exercise such as swimming or running increases your cardio respiratory fitness and endurance. This is the capacity of your heart and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to your muscles so they can produce energy for movement over a sustained period.
• Flexibility exercises such as yoga and pilates, improve the full range of motion of your muscles and joints.
• Resistance exercise such as weight-lifting increases your muscle strength by requiring your muscles to lift, push or pull against something. This type of exercise can also increase bone density and help prevent osteoporosis, which is important as you get older.

If you’re not ready to commit to a structured exercises program, think about physical activity as a lifestyle choice rather than single task to check off you’re to do list. Look at your daily routine and make time for yourself!

Don’t hesitate, ones you start experiencing the benefits,
there is no turning back.
By Kayleigh Jansen Van Vuuren (Dynamic Fitness)