Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tip #6: Keep An Exercise Journal

A great way to see the effects of your new exercise routine is to journal as you go along. Perhaps you can make a journal entry of having a little bit more energy or self-confidence after your first week or two into your new exercise routine. Recording the benefits of your exercise is a great motivator to keep you going.

Exercise can boost your energy levels significantly . A 2008 study by the University of Georgia found that regular low-intensity exercise could increase energy as much as 20% and decrease fatigue by up to 65%. (http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/exercise-for-energy-workouts-that-work)

You might also find your digestion has improved.  According to WebMD, exercise can help improve digestion and alleviate constipation, as long as you do not work out immediately after eating. (http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/exercise-curing-constipation-via-movement) And it can even improve your skin by decreasing stress and increasing blood flow to the skin. (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-care-11/exercise)

A journal is a great way to measure your successes and also to see what else you might need to work on.

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