Have you gone too far? Exercising is like nuts in at least one way: there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. While exercise has more pluses than a math workbook, you can take it too far. Burning more than 6500 calories a week through exercise (thatís roughly thirteen house) or doing more than two hours in a row of cardiovascular training not only can stress your joints (depending on the exercise), but it also appears to be the level at which you induce too much oxidative stress in your body, and that decreases your longevity.
When you first start exercising, your body will respond with very outward signs: Youíll sweat, you may feel sore, you may stink like month-old macaroni salad. Your body will also start responding on the inside, with changes in muscle size, blood flow, and blood chemistry. While exercise-even combined with a healthy diet-wonít suck fat out of you instantaneously, you will see and feel changes in your body shape even within a week. You may even see a two-inch reduction in waist size within the first two weeks as your body composition changes. So get up and get moving.
Exercise helps decrease depression and increases positive attitude, so you make other positive choices and donít have to use food as your medication. That will also help prevent your couch, chair, and bed from becoming anti-waist management devices.
Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, which stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain. When theyíre stimulated, they give you a sense of control, which is associated with a decreased nee to eat out of control.
Exercise will help you lose the extra weight thatís stressing your joints. By dropping weight, youíll feel less pain in your knees, hips, ankles, and back. And that will put you into a positive cycle of behavior, so that youíll have the desire to exercise more.
While many diet plans donít discuss the role of exercise, physical activity is vital to inflate your health and deflate your waist size. Building muscle is one component, but cardiovascular training and increasing your flexibility are also part of your waist management plan. Together, the three components of exercise will have numerous effects on your body: Exercise increases your metabolism so that you burn energy at a higher rate than if you didnít exercise, and it reduces your appetite by turning on your sympathetic nervous system, which activates your fight-or-flight response. Do the experiment yourself. Take a quick walk or jog when you feel the first twinge of hunger, Presto, your hunger is gone when you return.
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