In the last four weeks I have only been home 3 days. My husband, I and our kids drove to Florida to spend time with my family and vacation. We drove home, 2 days later I was on a plane to New York. I just got home Tuesday night. Between all the traveling (and getting sick), I haven’t worked out at all. I mean, who wants to work out while on vacation in Florida? And in New York, there was no time. I am used to working out a 3-4 times a week. With taking a 4 week break from exercise I have noticed major changes in my body, and I’m not just talking about loss of muscle or weight gain.
Here are all the changes I have noticed in my body. And as always, I’m going to be open and honest no matter what!
- Headaches all day every day.
- Exhausted, no matter how much sleep I get.
- My skin and overall complexion is blotchy, with more break outs and clogged pores.
- Stronger BO in less time after a shower.
- More sugar and junk food cravings.
- Unable to concentrate as much.
- Irregular and uncomfortable BM’s.
- Strong cramps during my period (they are usually mild).
- Uncomfortable pains in stomach for no reason.
Today I went to the gym for the first time in 4 weeks and worked up a good sweat. At first I didn’t want to work out at all, very little motivation! But once I got going it felt so good!!!! After a 40 minute work out I felt so much healthier. I had more energy, my headache was gone and I felt calmer.
Doing this little unintentional experiment on myself made me realize just how important exercise is. I don’t exercise only to have my body stay in shape. I do it for overall better health! My body, mind, life and well-being all get major benefits from exercise!!!!
Getting 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week is all you need to see improvements in your health. I challenge you to try this! It doesn’t matter what you do for exercise, just get moving. Here is a list of some of the benefits of exercise:
- Improves Sleep
- Prevents weight gain, promotes weight loss
- Improves mood, reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Gives energy
- Reduces risk of health conditions and diseases
- Improves sex life
- Keeps the brain fit and improves learning
- Helps control addiction
Instead of working out to have a perfect body, work out to have a healthy body!!!!
8 thoughts on “Exercise Your Way to Overall Better Health”
Hello!! I traveled to NYC to try and meet you guys (but didn’t get to because I only had tickets to Sunday) which was a complete fail! Bit regardless it was an amazing city! I love your blog I recently started jogging 3-4 times a week and I agree with you, you feel healthier. I have lost 20 lbs in about 3 months. I would love for you to try out The Dolce Diet by mike dolce. It’s a great recipe book that your family would love! Mike dolce works with the UFC fighters maintaining weight, gaining weight, or loosing weight. It truly is amazing!! Let me know if you try!!
Sorry we couldn’t meet! :( I bet you feel so much healthier jogging and shedding 20 lbs. Keep it up! And I will check out the diet, thanks!
I totally agree! Thanks for sharing – this is a great reminder for me!
Thank you for the motivation.
Love it Rachel, soooo true! I’m a mess without regular exercise.
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Excellent and honest !!! Loving your blog!!!!!! xo
I workout daily, have oily acne prone skin, and live in the very humid Louisiana… My skin literally has everything working against it. I read your skin care page but any specifics would you recommend for me. I breakout every time I workout!!! Thanks in advance
Oh yea and I am now 32 so let’s add aging to the equation
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