One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my years as a health and fitness coach is the importance of consistently exercising year-round.
And yet, so many women struggle with consistency…
Missing a workout because life happens, then giving up entirely…
Starting and stopping new workout plans all the time, never sticking with one program for more than a few weeks at a time…
Waiting until vacation is only weeks away before hitting the gym…
Truth is, inconsistent exercise could be doing you more harm than good.
“But Emily, all exercise is supposed to be healthy!”
For sure! I’m not telling you not to exercise… But you need to be careful.
Plenty of women suddenly start hitting the gym for hours every day, desperately trying to lose a few pounds, only to injure themselves.
Others only exercise when they’re feeling particularly bad about themselves, and view exercise as a form of punishment.
Your body needs time to adjust to a new routine, so if you’re constantly stopping and starting, you’ll never get past the beginner phase.
That’s why in this article I’m sharing 5 positive “side effects” of exercising consistently… As well as the exact plan I personally use:
As you may know, exercise can strengthen your bones, improve your cardiovascular fitness, and support optimal health for the rest of your life(1).
Whether you’re running errands, exploring a new city, or playing with your kids, you’ll always enjoy more stamina and energy. Not to mention, you won’t be too weak to get out of a chair without help when you’re older.
I don’t know about you, but I want improved health year-round, and for my lifetime, not only when I feel like exercising.
Exercise is a potent stress reliever(2), which makes all the difference in our busy, hectic lives. After all, chronic stress floods our body with cortisol, wreaking havoc on our skin, joints, and digestive system.
If you’re anything like Marina and I, with stressful, busy lives, exercise can become a peaceful, restorative activity.
Finding the time to exercise can be challenging, but as anyone who’s completed a workout knows, you feel so much better when you’re finished!
A good workout floods your body with endorphins, which are hormones that trigger your brain’s “happy” receptors. Your body releases endorphins to reduce stress, relieve pain, and enhance your mood(3).
The endorphin rush can be addicting—which is a good thing! You’ll feel happy and energized, and begin looking forward to your workouts.
If you’re feeling down, a workout may be the thing to turn your day around.
You should never see exercise purely as a way to burn calories, but that’s a powerful side effect. Regular exercise not only burns calories, but supports lean muscle gain, which increases your metabolism year-round4.
With regular exercise, you can enjoy that happy hour, dessert, or Friday night pizza guilt free, without watching your waistline grow.
Many successful CEOs love having their meetings while walking because…
Exercise can boost your mental clarity5!
Whether you’re working, raising your family, or simply want to feel alert and energized when you go out, a sharp mind is always welcome.
So the next time you’re having a hard time focusing, or can’t make a big decision, a walk around the neighborhood may be just what you need.
So, how do you finally stick to a plan year-round?
The answer is simple: Choose a program that’s enjoyable, effective, and works with a busy schedule!
Some enjoy running, some enjoy group fitness, or if you’re like me and prefer to workout alone, I recommend The Body Sculpting Series.
You’ll get 12 weeks of at-home bodyweight workouts, which only require three, 30-minute workouts per week… Easy!
No need for equipment, an expensive gym membership, or hours of free time. The Body Sculpting Series is designed to fit with your busy life, and if you stick with it, you’ll have a consistent exercise routine in no time.
To your health!
~ Coach Emily