Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Five Not-So-Obvious Reasons to Exercise

Hey lovies!

It's a beautiful Humpday here in Southern Cali. Dontcha wish your weather was nice like mine? (Don'tcha? Don'tcha Baby?) Yes, that was to the tune of Don'tcha by the Pussycat Dolls.

I have discovered the cure to my insomnia: EXERCISE!

Five Not-So-Obvious Reasons Why I Must Exercise

  1. It helps me sleep! There is a drastic, and I mean drastic, difference between the type of sleep I get when I exercise daily and the kind I get when I don't. I feel more rested and ready for the world the next day. That's reason, enough, considering I've been experiencing mind-numbing insomnia.
  2. I eat better! When I exercise regularly, I feel healthier. Somehow feeling healthier leads me to be healthier all around because I don't want to undo the good efforts I've already done.
  3. My skin glows. Has anyone else noticed this? I swear it makes a huge different in the tone and "glow" of my skin. Perhaps it's the Vitamin D I get while I'm outside?
  4. It affects my mood. This is a major one. Exercise is an incredible mood booster, and that's especially true with outdoor exercise. The sun, the fresh air, the exercise. It just makes me happy (afterwards).
  5. It allows me to be a positive influence. My husband has told me many times that my exercise routine is a huge motivation for his routine. Knowing that the things I do influence other people to make good decisions is a HUGE motivator for me. Goodness is contagious, people!
So, suffice it to say, I really want to focus on getting in 45-60 minutes of heart-pumping cardio per day. I also need to add in some good strength training, but that will have to come a bit later. I need to get back into a more regular cardio habit, stat!

Speaking of goodness, here's lunch:

  • Two poached eggs w/sea salt and pepper
  • Salad with romaine, oh-so-sweet cherry tomatoes, snappy green persian cucumbers, walnuts and light ranch
  • One slice whole-wheat bread with Best Life butter
Okay, I need to get back to work. The rest of today looks like this: 
  • Write two more freelance artices (one on DRIs and another on Portion Sizes)
  • Go for a run with the Hubs
  • Get a One-Hour Massage!!!!!!!!! (I haven't had one since my wedding day in March 2009!)


  1. I totally agree! Exercise does all those things for me, and is worth the time investment translated to gold. I hope that massage is awesome!

  2. Hope you had a great massage! :) These are great reminders about why exercise is awesome. The weather is finally turning nice tomorrow and I'm so looking forward to a nice run.

  3. Yay for massages!! I feel all around better when I exercise too. And my skin looks great. I don't get quite as much cardio as that but I strive for 30 mins of some sort of exercise per day...which is more than I got before! I especially love how it improves my mood, and you are right that outside is best!

  4. I hadn't conciously thought of it, but exercise does all of these things to me as well. I love the post workout glow, driving home, I glance in the rear veiw mirror, and even though I look sweaty and crappy, I feel like I look good. ?? :)

  5. Ooooo lucky you, getting a massage! I'm jealous! :)

    Those are definitely great reasons to exercise!


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