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Top 7 Fitness Facts
Want to be sharper at work? Feel less tired at home? How about enjoying a cookie without guilt? If you answered "yes" to all of these questions (and who wouldn't?), exercise is the answer. Being physically active offers benefits far beyond the obvious.

1. Exercise Boosts Brainpower

Not only does exercise improve your body, it helps your mental function. All that makes for a more productive day. It is clear that those who are active and who exercise are much more productive at work.

2. Movement Melts Away Stress

As much as it may stress you out just to think about exercising, once you actually start working out, you'll experience less stress in every part of your life. When you're less stressed, you're less irritable and that could improve relationships with your partner, kids, and co-workers.

3. Exercise Gives You Energy

You might be surprised at how, say, working out for 30 minutes in the morning can change your whole day. When endorphins are released into your bloodstream during exercise you feel much more energized the rest of the day.

4. Exercise Helps Ward Off Disease

Research has shown that exercise can slow or help prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis (bone loss), and loss of muscle mass. Because exercise strengthens the muscles and joints, it also helps ease some aspects of the aging process. Not only does exercise help fight disease, says Bryant, it creates a stronger heart -- the most important muscle in the body. That helps makes exercise -- and the activities of daily life -- feel easier. Within only a couple days after you start exercising, the body readily adapts to the stimulus it's getting and it becomes easier. You will feel less fatigue. It will not take as much effort when it comes to breathing. You shouldn't have as much pain or soreness.

5. Exercise Lets You Eat More

Pound for pound, muscle burns more calories at rest than body fat. So the more muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate. And, of course, you also burn calories while you're actually exercising. All this means that "cheating" with a cookie once in a while isn't going to take you back 10 steps. Can you eat anything? No. But you can afford to enjoy some of the things you really like when you exercise regularly. You can better get away with those things in moderation than you can when you're not working out.

6. Exercise Boosts Performance

After a few weeks of consistent exercise, you may feel your clothes fitting differently and see that your muscle tone has improved, Atkinson says. Exercising consistently will strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and improve your overall performance.

7. Weight Loss Is Not the Most Important Goal

Weight loss is the reason many people exercise in the first place. But it's certainly not the sole benefit of an exercise program. So whatever weight loss goal you have when starting a fitness program, don't make it your only goal. Strive to feel better, to have more energy, to be less stressed. Notice the small things that exercise does for you quickly, rather than getting hung up on the narrow goal of the number on a scale. With a goal of losing weight and enhancing health, exercise has to become a part of a person's life, not an afterthought. Consider attending fitness center at Gold's Gym or any of the group exercise trainings including spinning, stretching, Yoga or aerobics. For detailed information about the trainings schedule call us at 010 322010.  

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