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how eating healthy and exercise improve your well-being

 

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There is no question that eating healthy foods and regular exercise are good for you. But sometimes it's hard to realize the benefits you're getting and to know if you're actually making the right changes. Exercise and eating right go hand in hand; it's most beneficial to do them both or you won't see or feel a huge difference.

 

Exercise will improve health, vitality, appearance, self-esteem and increases sexual interest. Being active boosts energy and endurance by delivering oxygen to body tissues and helping the cardiovascular system work more efficiently. It also boosts high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. Physical activity even stimulates various brain chemicals that improve mood, improve relaxation of the body and even promotes better sleep (just don't exercise too close to bedtime or you'll have trouble falling asleep).

 

But what about that other part about eating right? Well slow changes are the best for your body. Don't change everything at once or you won't adjust well. Healthy eating is NOT a diet. Diets are temporary and are usually unsuccessful because you usually gain all the weight back after you cease to "diet". Cleanses are also out of the question. The belief that you need to flush your body of toxins from food is simply untrue; you have kidneys and a liver the are already filtering out your ingested toxins.

 

The place to really start is determining your own calorie needs. Calories are actually units of energy used to power your body. But if you eat calories and you don't use them, your body then processes them into fats. Everyone's body types, sizes and energy needs are different, so are your calorie needs. You should be eating 5 times per day, 3 meals and 2 snacks inbetween. This will keep your meals smaller by keeping you feeling fuller. It also will regulate your blood suger levels throughout the day. One of these meals should be breakfast! Breakfast gets the metabolism going for the day and if you skip it, it can trigger the "starvation response". This is when the brain thinks that there is a famine because of no food intake, and in turn stores as much as it can the next time you eat-straight to your fat cells. Another common problem is confusing thirst for hunger, causing unnecessary calorie intake. Try drinking a glass of water and waiting 15 minutes. If you are still feeling hungry, have a small snack.

 

Try to eat a variety of foods, not always the same fruits or vegetables, so that you ensure that you are getting the proper nutrients and exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, 4 times per week. Remember that the first few days are hardest, but you can do it! Citron Spa is dedicated to helping you feel and look your best. We recommend also getting regular massage treatments to ease any muscle discomfort and to also help your circulation; You'll be well on your way to feeling and looking your best!


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