Flowers, coffee mugs, kitchen appliances, jewelry – running out of ideas for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Just because Mother’s Day might be over on the actual calendar it doesn’t mean that mothers shouldn’t be celebrated the whole month. What is the feeling that you are trying to evoke with that gift? Happiness? Calm? Excitement? Relaxation? Clarity? There is one gift idea that can provide all of those feelings and more. Health! Give the gift of health. Provide that “mom” with a place she can go to create not just a healthy body, but a healthy mind and spirit. Like the ripple effect, this gift will seep into all areas of her life with better rest at night, less anxiety, a clearer mind, and a stronger immune system.
We all want to be in better shape, better toned, and a few sizes smaller. And that’s all well and good, but there are so many other benefits to exercise. How about a clearer mind and a better memory! Consistent physical activity creates new brain cells through increasing levels of a brain-derived protein (BDNF). BDNF helps overall brain performance – clearer thinking, decision making, and memory as well as an improved ability to learn new things. Between the ages of 25-45? Get a jump start on beating Alzheimer’s and boost the brain chemicals that prevent degeneration of your hippocampus where memory and learning develop and grow.
Physical Health and Immunity
Strengthen your heart, improve your circulation, “feel” healthy. You’ll notice healthier looking skin, improved sleep, and more energy. Physical activity increases blood flow, raising your oxygen levels. This will lower your risk of heart diseases like heart attack, high cholesterol, and coronary artery disease. Cardio, walking, weight training, Tabata, whatever your choice of exercise is, you will be causing changes in antibodies and white blood cells, which are the cells in your body’s immune system that fight disease. The more you exercise, the more rapidly they circulate. This creates a stronger immune system and earlier detection of illness and disease.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
One of the most valuable benefits of exercise is stress relief. We can all use some more of that! Exercise increases concentrations of norepinephrine, the chemical that moderates your brain’s stress response. And we all know that exercise releases endorphins, which act as natural painkillers and make us feel happy. Studies show that with all of this fantastic chemical brain activity going on, exercise is a key recommendation for alleviating symptoms of depression. And you don’t need to go overboard to reap these benefits. A 30-minute workout, just a few times a week, can make all the difference.
Twisted Iron Fitness promises to provide you with the tools to stay motivated, providing you what you need to change your life. If you want to make improvements for yourself physically and mentally, then Twisted Iron Fitness is the place for you! It’s never too late to start a fitness regimen, so what are you waiting for? Call us at (407) 848-7736!