Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fun Fitness Facts!

Happy November! I thought I'd kick off the month with some fun fitness facts, since, at least for me, winter often becomes a time when I slack on my usual exercise routine in favor of hibernating on the couch under a toasty blanket.

So here goes:
  • There is only one type of exercise that requires you hold your breath--swimming underwater.
  • If you had every single muscle in your body work together at the same time, you could lift about 50,000 pounds.
  • If you can’t carry on a conversation while exercising, you may be pushing yourself too far--ease up a little.
  • Bodies are creatures of habit. The more you exercise, the more your body learns to burn fat rather than storing it.
  • No wonder your feet hurt - running puts four to seven times your body weight in pressure on your feet.
  • Dancing is a terrific and fun form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular fitness just like any other more formal type of exercise.
  • If you’re always in a bad mood, then getting fit just may help. Regular exercise can enhance mood and overall well-being.
  • In spite of what you may have read, there is no “best time to exercise.” It turns out that the best time to exercise is when it works for you.
  • Women’s top three recreational activities are walking, aerobics and working out, while men’s top three are golf, basketball and walking.
  • Visualization can help to improve your workout. By visualizing yourself completing the exercise before you actually perform it, then you will be able to perform the exercise with more intensity and effectiveness.
  • People who cross-train with a variety of exercise are more fit and less injury-prone than those who exercise using only one or two exercise modalities
  • It's impossible to lick your elbow.
  • Exercise helps reduce wrinkles. It increases blood flow to the skin that provides nutrients it needs to stay thick. Thick skin wrinkles less than thin.
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Walk as much as possible, always take the stairs, be sure to stretch a little every day, and dance when you're home alone and listening to music!

Lastly, wisdom from Legally Blonde: "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't. "

Well, there you have it.

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