The Lifestyle

Happy YOU Year! Week 5

January 31, 2016


Exercise builds muscle, burns fat, lifts your mood and helps you sleep.  You cant argue with that one!  And its no secret that the key to achieving your fitness goals is consistency.

Here are some of our favorite reasons to get movin:

¢ It trims and sculpts your body so your clothes fit better.  Weight-bearing exercise helps your build lean muscle, and that muscle shrinks fat cells.  The more lean muscle you build, the more fat your body will be able to burn off.  Since muscle weighs more than fat, you may very well lose inches before you lose weight. 

¢ It boosts your endurance. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients throughout your body and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.  When you heart and lungs work in a more efficient way, you have more energy for daily life. Who doesnt need more energy these days?

¢ Exercise burns calories.  In order to lose weight, the best long-term approach is to eat a reasonable diet and use exercise to work yourself into a deficit in order to shed extra lbs.  The calorie burning effect of exercise (especially if you do muscle-bearing work) lasts for hours after your workout is over.

¢ Exercise makes you happy.  Brisk movement induces the production of mood-boosting chemicals in your body.  The more intense the work, the more of a lift you may notice.  But, something as simple as a quick 30-minute walk can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.

¢ Moderate exercise boosts your immune system.  Every sweat session you log helps to boost your immune system by more rapidly circulating cells that can kill both viruses and bacteria through your body.  The effect can last up to 24-hours post workout.

The Bar Method provides a foundation of strength, flexibility and good form, and its a great complement to many other exercise disciplines. Increase your level of fitness by adding other movement to your day. Walk to and from an easy errand. Garden. Go for a jog. Do yoga. Take the stairs. Park in the furthest parking spot. You get the idea “ variety is the spice of life.  Keep your body moving, and the endorphins flowing!

Blog contributor:

Gennis Lafayette, N.C.

Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant

Bar Method Teacher, Palo Alto & San Mateo