Whether you’re pleasingly plump or long and lean, learning to love your body as it is will make you—and the people around you—happier and healthier. Here’s how and why:
Some amazing Body Facts to gain your interest:
- It ships 20 to 25 liters of blood to your muscles during each minute of exercise
- Shrugs off infection in face of the thousands of bacteria you make contact with every minute
- Supplies you with superhuman strength (enough to lift a car) in high-stress situations.
You’ve got a Lot Going on up There.
A peek at your reflection is a great way to get motivated or measure weight loss success. Motivation takes form in your brain, one of the many organs that functions best when you eat right and hit the gym.
According to the Society for Neuroscience, noshing on foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3s, like blueberries and walnuts, keeps your brain young.
Later in life, moderate physical activity, like swimming, yoga, or brisk walking, can reduce your risk of developing age-related mild cognitive impairment, according to researchers.
You Can Change It.
Let’s face it: The human body has its limits. The chances that you’ll wake up one morning and leave your desk job to become a professional ballet dancer or Olympic athlete are slim (unless you’re considering taking up curling, in which case you just might stand a chance). But getting back to your college weight or running your first 5-K are totally achievable goals.
Boday Facts 101- It’s trying to Tell You Something.
Just like dry skin or bleeding gums alert you of certain health problems, if you really listen to your body, it will tell you exactly what kind of physical activity it’s craving, too. Feeling sluggish? A heart-revving cardio workout may be just the adrenaline shot you need. Tension-headache? Time to roll out the yoga mat.
Your body can also call a time-out when you’ve taken things too far. Have you been sidelined by shin splints? Understand that the body has its own way of telling you that it needs a break. Don’t ignore it.