If you think you have to log serious hours at the gym before your body will begin to reap the benefits, you are mistaken! The human body is endowed with an incredible ability to adapt and can do so after even one day. This means that after just one week of exercise, even if you haven't worked out in ages, your body will start to change! We are not saying that it will be easy or that you will get the tight, toned body of your dreams after one week, but you WILL feel better.
Here are 6 wonderful things you will start to notice after week:
1. You will be sore.
Trust us on this one, this is a good thing! When you work out, you create tiny tears in the muscles which creates the pain and inflammation you experience. When the muscle repairs and rebuilds, it comes back stronger than it was before. The soreness should only last a day or two and while you repair, you can celebrate the fact that you are literally feeling your body get stronger.
2. You will find clarity.
A good workout increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain. This means that your brain will perform better, increasing alertness and focus. Fitting in a quick cardio session the night before a big presentation at work or an important interview can help you get in the right place, mentally.
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3. Your skin will glow.
The increased blood flow experienced during exercise can help your body get rid of waste products like free radicals which will give you that gorgeous post-workout glow. Sweating also helps to clear out your pores -- just remember to wash your skin after.
4. Life will be easier.
Exercising teaches your body to use oxygen more efficiently. This will lower your heart rate, increasing your heart's strength and making sightly strenuous tasks feel easier over time. This is good news! Where you once struggled to walk the five flights of stairs to the office, it now feels like a breeze!
5. You will make healthier choices.
You notice that you start to crave healthier foods -- or at least you have fewer cravings for unhealthy foods. Exercise is an expression of self care and the more of it you do, the more this attitude will seep into other areas of your life. If you are loving yourself enough to work out, you will also love yourself enough to nourish your body the way it needs. If you'd like to make these healthy food options feel even easier, have a look at the BodyRock Meal Plan. 30 days of healthy, delicious and easy to prepare meals and snacks right at your fingertips!
6. You will have sweet dreams.
If you find you have a difficult time falling asleep at night, you might notice this as being the first area positively impacted by your exercise routine. You will experience a more restful sleep because your body demands it for recovery. Imagine the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment you will feel when you flop into bed after a long day that included a solid workout and healthy food choices! What positive changes did you notice immediately after starting your workout routine?
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