Number two of my 3 Best Tips series is Strength Train! If you only have time for one type of exercise, do Strength Training! Did you know your metabolism shifts in springtime and is managed by the hypothalamus, which is the brain region that chooses where energy should go and how much? In spring, energy supplies are sent to the more active areas of the body like the muscles, so this is a great time to devote yourself to strength exercises.
Strength training can increase how many calories you burn at rest, it helps you shrink inches, it strengthens you inside and out and can even help you get a cardio burn if done with little rest.
It’s the best return on your time spent exercising and can be done anytime, anywhere with just body weight. My favorites are push ups (you can do them off a wall or floor), squats, lunges, triceps dips (off floor or a chair), planks and lunges.
I challenge you to get in these exercises at least 2 times in your day over the next few days so you can feel the positive benefits. Do them in the middle of your day when you hit a slump, Do them when you think you’re hungry to distract you from eating out of habit. Do them outside or in the office or kitchen. There’s no need to even change into workout clothes—just start and do as many reps as you can at the times of day which work for you!
Know that small bouts of exercise like these few strength moves will help you look and feel your best. That’s what BodyJoy is all about!
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