Hello there!! It's Monday...YEAAAAA :D
How are you? How's your week going so far? What goal are you working on this week?! Whether your goal is to build strength, boost your energy, or lose weight...REMEMBER to keep focused and driven! Building a better body starts the minute you begin!! You may think it takes weeks before you start benefiting from a new workout BUT that's not true! The minute you start exercising, your body begins adapting to the new challenges on a molecular level!! According to exercise scientists and their research, the rewards will be piling on...day after day :D
Today's post is what you can expect from the minute you start moving...to an hour, a week, months, and years down the road! Keep reading and bring on the benefits!!
When researchers tested muscle DNA after people exercised briefly, they found that the DNA was flipping genetic switches that direct muscles to make better use of oxygen and fuel to meet the increased demand.
WHEN YOU FINISH...
Your brain's prefrontal cortex, crucial to memory and attention span, gets busy as levels of dopamine and BDNF jump. These substances spur faster connections and facilitate critical thinking.
AFTER AN HOUR...
Your metabolism stays revved thanks to your faster heart rate and breathing. That means your body consumes extra calories. Higher levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin boost mood and lower stress.
AFTER A DAY...
You'll feel sore thanks to the breakdown of muscle fibers. But that's a good sign. When your body repairs those fibers, it rebuilds them stronger to withstand the demands you're making.
AFTER A WEEK...
The power plants in your muscles, mitochondria, start proliferating. You'll have more stamina and strength, but as you adjust to activity, you may feel more fatigue and you'll start sleeping sounder at night.
AFTER A MONTH...
Your lungs are getting stronger and better at oxygenating your blood. That helps the body burn calories for energy and translates into more daily energy for chores, work, and whatever challenges come your way.
AFTER SIX MONTHS...
Your muscles will look more toned. All that breaking down and rebuilding of muscle fiber give you a lean, athletic look. You'll also crave exercise more and be ready for new challenges. Your heart will be stronger too.
AFTER A YEAR...
You'll have dropped at least a couple of sizes and your clothes will fit much better. Your bones will be much stronger thanks to the demands of your workout, protecting you from fracture and osteoporosis.
OVER A LIFETIME...
Achieving fitness early in life eases aging. Research has found that when people are active thru the decades, even if they do just 5 sessions a month, they retain more strength, balance, coordination, and quickness.
Don't just wish for a better body...earn it...work for it! You'll be amazed how good you'll feel after starting your workout!!
Have a FITastic week! Be productive and crush your goal!! Lets reap those benefits :D See you right back here on Thursday!!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist