Oh exercise – for some of us lazier Healthy Junkies exercise is something we think a lot about and rarely do. But it’s well worth dragging my butt off the couch because the benefits to exercising regularly are many. Regular exercise decreases the risk of heart disease, decreases the risk of osteoporosis and helps to oxygenate the cells. It improves overall immunity and helps to detoxify the body. Toxins accumulate in fat tissue so it’s a good idea to keep those fat cells in check. Of course, eating healthy is the first step to a healthy weight and The Community Cleanse will give “any body” a jumpstart on fat loss.
Some of us exercise to stay healthy and fit and some of us are interested in losing weight. I have a hard time talking about weight loss because I threw my scale to the curb a long time ago. I prefer to talk about fat loss. It’s possible to begin exercising and actually gain weight according to the scale but look and feel trimmer because muscle weighs more than fat. Muscle tissue is also more metabolically active than fat, which means the more muscle you have, the more quickly you burn calories. It’s pretty depressing if we feel better in our own bodies and then hop up onto the scale only to determine we’re the same weight we were a week ago or a few pounds more. In my opinion, it can be life-changing to give up on this dispiriting game and go with how we feel.
One pound of fat equals about 3,500 calories. By burning 350 to 500 calories per day, we can lose one pound of body fat per week by exercising alone. When we exercise, our metabolic rate increases and this stays elevated for hours helping us to burn more calories even while resting. Strength training can help increase muscle tissue and works with aerobic activity to help burn fat faster. Don’t worry – we don’t have to work out intensely to burn fat. We burn fat just as well at a lower intensity working out for a longer period of time. Personally I love to walk and hike (slowly). I’m not a speed walker and you won’t catch me jogging up hills. But I walk for long periods often, hike and bike.
And remember when exercising we need to ingest even more water. If the kidneys don’t obtain adequate water to help flush out toxins, they call on the liver. This can tax the liver and result in its inability to break down fat, creating excess fat – now there’s something I don’t want or need. Water also helps to hydrate the body and all chemical reactions occur in water; including the process of burning fat and staying lean.
If we haven’t already, let’s get out and get moving. Dancing anyone? Happy cleansing!