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FIRST THINGS FIRST: YOU NEED TO MOVE YOUR ASS!
If you are trying to convince yourself you don't need to exercise, this is your wake up call. YOU MUST EXERCISE.
Here's why. Let me start with cardio. Cardio is a must for several reasons. First I'll mention the benefits that nobody really cares about. Cardio strengthens the heart, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, improves lung capacity, and drastically reduces the risk of dying from cardiovascular problems. Let's be honest here, most people do not exercise for the sheer joy of solely becoming healthier. We want to look good, we want to feel good, and we want to look good. Yep, I said it twice. Obviously, the most common reason most partake in cardiovascular exercise is to burn calories, burn fat, and lose weight. And that it does, magnificently. The most common cardio exercises are running, skiing, biking, elliptical trainers, aerobics, and walking. I run on my elliptical for an hour everyday. I could not love it more. I have been on that thing every day since I got it (save recovery time from my body lift surgery) and I look forward to it everyday. Do you need to do an hour of cardio a day. Hell no, start small. I started out doing the elliptical for 10 minutes a day...that was 2 years ago. I added as I felt stronger. Cardio also builds endurance. You can lift weights all day, but if you do nothing else, try running a couple miles, it's no easy task. Weight training doesn't build endurance, it builds lean muscle mass which obviously builds strength.
Both cardio and weight training are absolutely essential, because they provide different benefits and together you obtain optimum health and fitness.
Any man will tell you they would love to be muscular and ripped, but very few have the constant dedication to get there and then maintain it. And women, most believe the myth that if you weight train, you'll automatically get bulky, manly looking, and look even bigger & fatter. Don't believe the hype ladies. First of all, for men who want to get 'bulky' and all 'Arnold', they are weight training in a specific way so they get that big. They are lifting massive amounts of weight with fewer reps, pounding the protein and supplements, and eating in a much different way than a woman who is trying to lose weight does. There are different ways to weight train. Women usually stick to the lower weights at higher reps to tone and sculpt their bodies. A healthy fit woman with muscle definition does not look manly, in fact, most think it's sexy as hell. I know I do.
GET OVER IT! You have to do it!
There are hundreds of weight training exercises that you can do. You can use free weights (dumbbells or bars), machines, medicine balls, kettle bells, resistance bands, etc. Do some research and see what interests you the most. I use free weights, kettle bells, and most recently started using resistance bands (which I absolutely love!). Start small and build from there. Google weight training exercises, you'll find a ridiculous amount of choices. Or take a trip to B & N and flip through some books.
Dig deep and do it.
Before you know it, your clothes will be getting too big for you. Not to mention you will start feeling strong, your muscles will feel tight, you'll be sleeping better, and your mood will be elevated. It's amazing how exercise makes your body feel. It's wonderful...and totally worth the efforts.
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