Ms. Laird is a popular Pilates instructor with a strong background in ballet. Talia is an inspiring instructor at the MAC and Studio Blue.
I have often been asked, “Why should I exercise; is it really doing anything for me?” This tends to come from people who aren’t exercising regularly or haven’t stuck with it long enough to actually feel and see results. Well… it is proven that people who exercise 3-5 times a week have higher self-esteem, healthier bodies, and take fewer medications. It is true! Exercise and good nutrition are the key to living a better life. Exercise is a lifestyle!
Exercise is a great tool for stress management. We all face hard times in life and there is no way to avoid these curve balls – but we can get through them much better by moving our bodies. Many studies indicate that people who exercise regularly benefit from a positive boost in mood and lower rates of depression. Breaking a sweat releases endorphins and boosts energy helping to sort out those issues and moving us forward.
Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as euphoric. That feeling, known as a runners high, can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.
Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain and bind to the same neuron receptors as some pain medications. However, the activation of these receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.
Being in your best physical shape can help keep down the doctor bills too. Correct and efficient exercise helps keep the heart, mind, muscles and bones in good shape. Take exercise seriously. No matter what stage you are in life and how long you have gone without exercising, it is never too late to start. It is good for your health; it is great for your quality of life!