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EXERCISE = ENERGY

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Who doesn’t want more energy?  I’m pretty sure everyone that reads this will answer YES to that question.  No matter the situation: student (high school or college), family man, busy wife or athlete, we all need more energy.  I remember when I weight in at a whopping 250 lbs, I was strong but I had very little energy to do anything.  As I began to focus more on my nutrition and modifying my workouts to make better use of my time — I began to blow the roof off of my energy level.  The more I exercised properly the more my energy increased.

Why is that?  To most people the opposite is true, the more you exercise the less energy you will have.  Ever heard anybody say,”I’m just too tired to workout”.  The reality is that the more you exercise and eat the right kinds of foods (CLICK HERE to watch my P90X/Insanity transformation video and shopping list) your energy level will increase.  Plus, there is a bonus, wait for it . . ., wait for it . . .the more you exercise the more weight you will lose, but more on that later since we are focusing on energy levels.

No one wants to be overweight, out of shape, or unhealthy.  However, plenty of us fit into all three of these categories.  The frustrating truth is that life happens and we don’t always make our own health a priority.  We are busy putting our careers, our children, our spouses and even our schoolwork ahead of our health.  We get sucked into a self perpetuating cycle in which we don’t exercise, sleep or eat properly, which leads to exhaustion, which leads to lack of sleep, exercise and nutrition – you see the pattern.  Whether you’re a busy executive or a stay-at-home mom, it is easy to get into this rut and before you know it, you no longer recognize the person in the mirror looking back at you.  It sounds a little depressing, but don’t fret – there is hope!

If you can arrange just a few minutes a day to devote to exercise, you’ll quickly begin to see increases in energy levels and decreases in stress levels.  To start with, make a conscious decision to get short spurts of exercise wherever you can fit it in.  For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park in the far parking spaces at stores or at work instead of parking a close as you can.  Try to do some crunches before bed each night and do some squats when you wake in the morning.  Start with just 10 repetitions and work your way up to 50 or 100.  Just do something – something is always better than nothing at all.  Any kind of movement that raises the heart rate will improve your energy and your weight loss.  If you commit to this in the beginning, you’ll find that as time passes, you’ll feel motivated to do just a little bit more, and then a little more after that.  Before you know it, you’ll be working out for 20 or 30 minutes a day.  You’ll quickly find that you have much more energy to accomplish your daily tasks.  You’ll also find that you’ll sleep better at night if you’ve exercised at some point during the day. And, as a benefit of improved sleep…you guessed it, you’ll experience increased energy!

To accompany your commitment to daily exercise, try to make healthier food choices.  You don’t have to plunge head first into an extreme diet plan.  Simply make small changes to your existing diet. Try to think about what you’re eating before you eat it. It’s very easy for busy people to eat blindly, grabbing whatever is convenient just to ease the pains of hunger.  To avoid grabbing candy and chips, buy prepackaged healthy snacks.  Protein bars are great for this.  So is low-fat yogurt, vegetable platters, fruit salads or cottage cheese.  Improving your food choices even just a little bit will make a big difference in your overall energy levels.

 It doesn’t take a lot of time or discipline to lose weight, get in shape and improve your overall health. If you can convince yourself that your health is important enough to devote just a few minutes a day to, you’ll look and feel younger and more energetic in no time at all. 

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