Saturday, 14 May 2011


Physical activity will significantly boost your "metabolic rate, the number of calories your body burns in order to keep you alive. By having a high metabolism, you burn calories 24 hours a day, even while you sleep! You can literally turn your body into a fat-burning machine!

With a strong metabolism comes a strong immune system. When you burn fat, the toxins are released into the bloodstream, and are quickly carried out of the body through sweat. Therefore, exercise that  makes you sweat is very good for you.

Exercise also helps to regulate the amount of insulin released into the bloodstream. Insulin is commonly referred to as “the fat-making hormone.” Its job is to metabolize blood sugar into energy. But too much insulin in the bloodstream keeps your body from burning stored fat. Years of an overworked pancreas—the organ that produces insulin—can lead to “onset (type 2) diabetes.” However, if you burn more calories than you consume, you significantly reduce the chances of developing this disease.

Exercise makes your body more flexible and regulates hormone levels, it can also help control other problems, such as sleep apnea, moodiness, stress, decreased energy, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and others. Exercise is a natural stimulator of many important “mood” hormones, including serotonin and dopamine.  Don’t think of exercise as a chore to lose weight or prevent heart disease “someday”. Realize that 15 or 20 minutes of exercise every day will naturally release these feel-good hormones that are so vital to feeling happy and calm. Exercise is about feeling healthy and good, not just looking good.

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