motiveweight:

100 Benefits of Exercise
1. Reduces blood pressure
2. Reduces cholesterol levels
3. Increases the concentration of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol in the blood)
4. Reduces chances for coronary heart disease
5. Increases efficiency of heart and lowers resting heart rate
6. Makes heart muscles stronger
7. Improves contractile function of the heart
8. Strengthens lungs
9. Improves respiratory function
10. Improves cardiovascular endurance and performance
11. Provides more oxygen to body, including organs and muscles
12. Provides more nutrient supply to the body
13. Reduces chances for stroke
14. Helps to alleviate varicose veins
15. Increases metabolic rate
16. Stimulates digestion
17. Makes digestion more efficient
18. Stimulates intestinal movements, resulting in better elimination of wastes
19. Reduces chances for colon cancer
20. Strengthens and develops muscles
21. Increases efficiency of muscles
22. Benefits joints due to stronger muscles
23. Helps maintain cartilage health in the joints
24. Eases muscular tension 
25. Alleviates back problems
26. Increases muscle flexible and agility
27. Improves speed of muscle contraction and reaction time
28. More healthy skin due to the fact that skin pores open more during exercise, resulting in more efficient removal of dirt and impurities 
29. Burns up and removes toxins from body
30. Increases blood flow to the brain
31. Stimulates growth of nerve cells in memory center of the brain
32. Improves various indexes of psychological functioning
33. Enhances brain functioning by increasing the amount of oxygen available to it
34. Increases sense of well being
35. Increases resistance to pain because endorphin levels are elevated 
36. Increases sense of excitement because hormone epinephrine is elevated
37. Alleviates boredom
38. Lessens worry and tension
39. Reduces stress by removing lactic acid from blood
40. Alleviates anxiety and/or pain because tranquilizing effect of exercise lasts for several hours 
41. Enhances mood 
42. Reduces anxiety more effectively and safely than anxiety-reducing medication
43. Boosts energy
44. Improves self-esteem and self-confidence since body and mind are improved and strengthened
45. Increases sense of self control
46. Provides source of pleasure and fun
47. Releases anger and negative emotions
48. Reduces depression more effective than short or long-term psychotherapy
49. Enhances coordination, power, timing and balance
50. Boosts immune system functioning
51. Reduces severity of asthma
52. Improves functioning of organs
53. Can relieve tension headaches
54. Can reduce the urge to smoke because the adrenaline rush and stress relief from a brief workout can replace similar feelings smokers get from tobacco 
55. Burns calories
56. Causes body to use calories more efficiently
57. Causes weight loss 
58. Allows one to keep lost weight from returning
59. Can act as an appetite suppressant
60. Decreases fat tissue
61. Improves physical appearance
62. Enhances one’s image and opinion of the body
63. Improves bone density and prevents osteoporosis
64. Reduces joint discomfort
65. Help manage arthritis
66. Allows one to feel better about their bodies and enjoy sex more as a result
67. Provides enhanced ability to achieve orgasm
68. Allows for greater sexual satisfaction
69. Can reduce or eliminate impotence due to increased blood flow
70. Prevents or manages type 2 diabetes
71. Helps insulin work better, lowering blood sugar
72. Has a significant salutary effect on fibrinogen levels
73. Alleviates menstrual cramps
74. Improves athletic performance
75. Can add years to one’s life
76. Enhances quality of life
77. Reduces pain and disability
78. Improves glycogen storage
79. Reduces risk of developing certain types of cancers of the colon, prostate, uterine lining and breast and other chronic diseases
80. Regulates hormones
81. Allows you to overcome illness or injury more quickly
82. Can lessen medical bills
83. Reduces anxiety by causing fewer worries about health
84. Can allow for better performance at work
85. Allows one to stay independent as they get older
86. Can keep health care insurance premiums lower 
87. Makes one more attractive to potential mates
88. Allows for healthy pregnancy
89. Increases energy and ability to do things one likes
90. Allows you to be more productive and less stymied by stress and depression
91. Can help make possible increased income due to increased energy
92. Allows one to become more familiar with their body and its functioning
93. Can stimulate mentally
94. Lets one eat more without gaining weight
95. Provides a healthy break from work
96. Adds variety and spice to life
97. Gives one increased ability to defend oneself and loved ones if needed
98. Provides a natural high afterwards, such as runners’ high
99. Provides heightened alertness
100. Reduces inflammation
-Source

motiveweight:

100 Benefits of Exercise

1. Reduces blood pressure

2. Reduces cholesterol levels

3. Increases the concentration of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol in the blood)

4. Reduces chances for coronary heart disease

5. Increases efficiency of heart and lowers resting heart rate

6. Makes heart muscles stronger

7. Improves contractile function of the heart

8. Strengthens lungs

9. Improves respiratory function

10. Improves cardiovascular endurance and performance

11. Provides more oxygen to body, including organs and muscles

12. Provides more nutrient supply to the body

13. Reduces chances for stroke

14. Helps to alleviate varicose veins

15. Increases metabolic rate

16. Stimulates digestion

17. Makes digestion more efficient

18. Stimulates intestinal movements, resulting in better elimination of wastes

19. Reduces chances for colon cancer

20. Strengthens and develops muscles

21. Increases efficiency of muscles

22. Benefits joints due to stronger muscles

23. Helps maintain cartilage health in the joints

24. Eases muscular tension 

25. Alleviates back problems

26. Increases muscle flexible and agility

27. Improves speed of muscle contraction and reaction time

28. More healthy skin due to the fact that skin pores open more during exercise, resulting in more efficient removal of dirt and impurities 

29. Burns up and removes toxins from body

30. Increases blood flow to the brain

31. Stimulates growth of nerve cells in memory center of the brain

32. Improves various indexes of psychological functioning

33. Enhances brain functioning by increasing the amount of oxygen available to it

34. Increases sense of well being

35. Increases resistance to pain because endorphin levels are elevated 

36. Increases sense of excitement because hormone epinephrine is elevated

37. Alleviates boredom

38. Lessens worry and tension

39. Reduces stress by removing lactic acid from blood

40. Alleviates anxiety and/or pain because tranquilizing effect of exercise lasts for several hours 

41. Enhances mood 

42. Reduces anxiety more effectively and safely than anxiety-reducing medication

43. Boosts energy

44. Improves self-esteem and self-confidence since body and mind are improved and strengthened

45. Increases sense of self control

46. Provides source of pleasure and fun

47. Releases anger and negative emotions

48. Reduces depression more effective than short or long-term psychotherapy

49. Enhances coordination, power, timing and balance

50. Boosts immune system functioning

51. Reduces severity of asthma

52. Improves functioning of organs

53. Can relieve tension headaches

54. Can reduce the urge to smoke because the adrenaline rush and stress relief from a brief workout can replace similar feelings smokers get from tobacco 

55. Burns calories

56. Causes body to use calories more efficiently

57. Causes weight loss 

58. Allows one to keep lost weight from returning

59. Can act as an appetite suppressant

60. Decreases fat tissue

61. Improves physical appearance

62. Enhances one’s image and opinion of the body

63. Improves bone density and prevents osteoporosis

64. Reduces joint discomfort

65. Help manage arthritis

66. Allows one to feel better about their bodies and enjoy sex more as a result

67. Provides enhanced ability to achieve orgasm

68. Allows for greater sexual satisfaction

69. Can reduce or eliminate impotence due to increased blood flow

70. Prevents or manages type 2 diabetes

71. Helps insulin work better, lowering blood sugar

72. Has a significant salutary effect on fibrinogen levels

73. Alleviates menstrual cramps

74. Improves athletic performance

75. Can add years to one’s life

76. Enhances quality of life

77. Reduces pain and disability

78. Improves glycogen storage

79. Reduces risk of developing certain types of cancers of the colon, prostate, uterine lining and breast and other chronic diseases

80. Regulates hormones

81. Allows you to overcome illness or injury more quickly

82. Can lessen medical bills

83. Reduces anxiety by causing fewer worries about health

84. Can allow for better performance at work

85. Allows one to stay independent as they get older

86. Can keep health care insurance premiums lower 

87. Makes one more attractive to potential mates

88. Allows for healthy pregnancy

89. Increases energy and ability to do things one likes

90. Allows you to be more productive and less stymied by stress and depression

91. Can help make possible increased income due to increased energy

92. Allows one to become more familiar with their body and its functioning

93. Can stimulate mentally

94. Lets one eat more without gaining weight

95. Provides a healthy break from work

96. Adds variety and spice to life

97. Gives one increased ability to defend oneself and loved ones if needed

98. Provides a natural high afterwards, such as runners’ high

99. Provides heightened alertness

100. Reduces inflammation

-Source

Reblogged from livehealthylivehappy95

She thinks running is like getting drunk in reverse. With drinking, it feels great at first, but then you start feeling awful. With running, you feel awful first, but then, after you finish, you feel great.
Running With The Kenyans- Adharanand Finn (via 1500m—runner)

thedragonflywarrior:

thedragonflywarrior:


Yoga is one of the best things you can possibly do for your body. Regular yoga practice can positively affect digestion, circulation, respiration and lung capacity, heart health, posture and core strength, bone density, body composition, and joint health and flexibility; it can help the body process toxins out of its systems; it can promote regular appetite and sleep rhythms; it can improve mental health, neurological function and focus; and it can help relieve chronic pain. Best of all, a yoga practice can be modified to benefit any individual body and any range of abilities. Although there’s no such thing as a true cure-all, yoga is possibly one of the best ways we can get close to it. This month’s giveaway features yoga gear to help someone find their flow!

ITEMS (retail value ~$350+) :

  • One Zenergy yoga mat with harness, gray.
  • One YogaPulse DVD box set. (Disclaimer: Please be advised that this box set does offer “yoga for weight loss”. While I do not support weight loss as a primary goal and therefore would not subscribe to this yoga philosophy, I am still going to pass this product along because I have no reason to keep it.)
  • Two Nike yoga blocks, dark purple.
  • One Nike yoga strap, dark purple.
  • One gray loose fit Balance Collection tank top, size S.
  • One light blue loose-fit Kyodan yoga top, size S.
  • One pair of light blue/grey Kyodan yoga leggings, size S.(matches the top.)
  • One box of Earnest Eats granola planks, blueberry vanilla crackle. Wheat-free and vegan.
  • One Apana glass water bottle. BPA-free with a silicone sleeve. Be sure to properly hydrate your yoga practice!
  • One green "Life is Good" drawstring bag.
  • One gray/pink reversible medium-impact Champion sports bra.
  • One pair of blue yoga socks.
  • One Mondetta Performance Gear headband, grey, and one braided Marika headband, black.
  • One Theodora & Callum sandalwood candle.
  • One bamboo sampler box of Bentley’s fine teas.
  • One package of Nitiraj Natural Amber incense.

RULES:

  • You don’t have to be following me to win this. However, I would really love if you did. :) I think my blog is a pretty decent and positive place. Follow if you want to!
  • Reblog for an entry, limit one reblog (entry) per blog per day. Please note that mass reblogs are treated by Tumblr as spam and won’t show up in the notes when I collect URLs (so please don’t do it!). Likes and signal boosts are appreciated.
  • Anyone can enter, anyone can win. If you’re entering on behalf of someone else, I encourage you to make a note of it in your reblog.
  • Healthy and positive blogs only. You don’t have to be a fitness blog, but ABSOLUTELY NO pro-ED/self harm, body shaming, or hate speech.
  • I will use a random generator to pick a winner on August 1. Reblog before the end of July for a chance to win! 
  • I will ship to the US and Canada for free. If you live somewhere else, I’ll still send it if you can Paypal me some shipping cash. :)

Two weeks left! :)

Reblogged from anna-learns-to-love-herself

GYM RULES
1.WIPE DOWN YOUR MACHINE
2.If the gym is crowded, don’t hog machines
3.Don’t stare at people
4.If someone is new (and doesn’t know the machine) help them
5.Don’t compete with strangers next to you
6.If you ruined someones empty gym at least say good morning
7.If you’ve done with the fan aim it at a near by sweaty person (they will be extremely grateful)
8. Respect other gym members and how they work out (including clothes,time and speed)
9. Don’t judge people for sweating - you should aim for that too
10. WIPE DOWN YOUR FUCKING MACHINES
Just fucking do it - By Amy aka Getting-fit-staying-fab (via getting-fit-staying-fab)
1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.