5 Ways To Stay Healthy & Happy In 2015

2015 is a new year so make it a new happy and healthy you! The lovely Hayley from Platinum Pilates tells us how to look after your mind and body in 2015.

1. Your mind matters

#BeHappy – We all suffer with our mental health now and then, some of us more than others. Make it your priority this new year to be in the best state of mind and the rest will follow.
#LoveYourself – Research has shown that exercise releases chemicals in your brain called norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’sresponse to stress. The release of these chemicals from the brain make you feel good and boost your self-esteem, helping you to concentrate as well as to sleep, look and feel better. Working out can make you feel like a million dollars. Even the most gentle form of exercise can improve positive self image. No matter your weight, size, gender or age, exercising elevates your perception of your attractiveness giving you so much more self-worth!
#DontWorryBeHappy – Not only will exercising combat stress but it will also boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension such as anxiety, depression and mood swings.

2. Be wealthy in your health

Exercising helps prevent and combat health conditions and diseases. We all know of somebody that has been affected with a health condition such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes.
#HealthyHeart – Exercise reduces LDL cholesterol, the kind that clogs arteries. It also reduces your blood pressure, relieving stress on your heart; improves your insulin sensitivity; improves heart muscle function; and blood flow and diminishes the chances of developing blood clots. These findings have been corroborated by a host of studies over the years.
#HealthyBones – Exercise, together with a healthy calcium intake, builds strong bones. Weight-bearing exercises, like running, walking and weight-lifting, help lower your odds of getting osteoporosis as you grow older, according to experts. It’s never too late to start. Even a brisk walk can help, say metabolic disease specialists.
#HealthyBlood – Lifestyle factors have a huge impact on certain conditions – and diabetes is one of them. Exercise can help to reduce your insulin requirements, lower your cholesterol levels and high blood pressue and in the long term can reduce the development of heart disease and stroke. This is important because diabetics have a higher risk of developing heart and circulatory problems. Exercise can also promote weightloss and improve circulation and reduce stress levels (raising your glucose level).
#KillCancer – Exercise reduces your risk of cancer At least 35% of all cancer deaths may be related to overweight and lack of activity, the Seattle Cancer Research Centre has found. Exercise is believed to speed the passage of food through the colon, thereby reducing the amount of time that any toxins are in contact with the body. Overweight people also tend to have more insulin, which promotes the growth of tumours. For women, exercise reduces the level of oestrogen, a hormone linked to breast cancer.

3. Improve your love life

#ImSexyAndIKnowIt – Medical research shows that the fitter you are, the better your intimate life is. How? Firstly psychologically you feel better about yourself and your self-image perception and so therefore you are more inclined towards being intimate. Secondly, physically being fit improves libido, blood circulation and sexual functioning. It has been said before that the brain may be the most important sexual organ. This is because stressed, anxious and depressed people are usually unable to enjoy a healthy sex life. Additionally, people with a bad body image do not feel good about their bodies and often avoid sex or are unable to truly enjoy it. Men and women who exercise regularly may find that they have increased levels of desire. They’re going to have enhanced confidence, enhanced ability to achieve orgasm and greater sexual satisfaction.

4. Sleep better 

#Snooze – Improve your quality of exercise and you will improve your quality of sleep. Exercising will help you to ease tension and relieve stress, backaches and insomnia. Have you ever heard of endorphins? They are your body’s own painkillers that are released into your system when you exercise. No prescription needed! It also helps you to gain a sense of emotional wellbeing and a feeling of being more in control. Tip: exercise in the morning it will leave you pumped with endorphins for the day, you will fall asleep before your head hits the pillow!

5. Control your weight

#TakeControl – Forget the words ‘weight loss or ‘fat burning’ or ‘diet’. Instantly you panic and think of a quick fix to drop unnecessary weight that you have gained. The reason you gained weight is because somewhere along the line you lost a sense of control. That’s ok! We have all experienced it. There is no better feeling of gaining control when you have experienced losing it. Controlling your weight can be a lonely and confusing adventure. If you can do anything right for your weight and your health this year stay away from fad diets and extreme measures. You have a whole year now to get back in the driver’s seat and take control. Exercise everyday and eat fresh food when you are hungry.

Improved mental health, better sleep, great sex life, weight control and preventing disease are all important factors to enjoy a long healthy and fulfilling life. Do something today to make one of these your priority.

Book in for personal training today with Hayley. For all enquiries please email hayleykillenpt@gmail.com.

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