Seven Ingredients to a Healthy & Fit Lifestyle #7

Ingredient #7 is, you guessed it! EXERCISE! All I can say about this one is find something you love to do and do it. And learn to love some form of resistance training. Use weights or your body weight to build and strengthen your muscles. Increased muscle mass increases your metabolism. Your body will burn more calories and burn them efficiently when you lift weights. You can actually reshape your body by weight training. No need to worry about bulking up. Most women won’t. You can tone your muscles and have a remarkable outcome by resistence training. Start out slowly and with light weights. The more you build up your muscles, the stronger you will get. The stronger you get, the more your metabolism will crank up and turn into a calorie burning machine. Muscles burn more calories than fat does. And if we don’t use them, we’ll eventually lose them.

Do some form of exercise 3 to 4 days a week minimum. Find something you enjoy. Do something you’ll keep doing, not something you dread. Good options are walking, running, biking, hiking, swimming, zumba and dancing. Anything that gets your body moving.

Now here’s some really NEAT tricks for burning more fat. It’s called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT). NEAT includes all of your physical activity throughout the day, excluding your “formal” workouts such as casual walking, shopping, yard work, housework, standing, pacing and even little things like talking, chewing, changing posture and fidgeting. You can implement more NEAT activity into your life by taking the stairs, stand or pace more, get up more often throughout the day and walk around and stretch, do your own yard work, walk instead of driving short distances.

Earl Loomis said: “We deny our talents and abilities because to acknowledge or confess them would commit us to use them. Don’t deny them please. If you do deny them, you deny your family, yourself, your church, your friends and your community the benefits of the talents that are inside of you.”

There are sees of greatness in each and every one of you.

St. Augustine said: “Man travels hundreds of miles to gaze at the broad expanse of the ocean. He looks in awe at the heavens above and stares in wonderment at the mountains, fields and streams, then passes himself by without a thought. God’s most amazing creation. That is you.”

 

2 thoughts on “Seven Ingredients to a Healthy & Fit Lifestyle #7

  1. Anne Nash

    Hey Karen, This is great that you put your whole message on your blog. It should encourage a lot of people. Do you have an “Ask Karen” section? I have a question. My daughter-in-law gave me a jar of coconut oil. It looks like marshmallow cream. What do you cook with it? Thanks for your work. Love, Anne

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    1. Karen Lemburg Post author

      Hi Anne. Thank you for your encouragement once again! And no, I don’t have an ask Karen yet, but that may be something to add in the future! 😉
      As far as Coconut oil goes, it has had a bad reputation in the past due to its saturated fat content, but the saturated fatty acids like Capric Acid and Lauric Acid that are in coconut oil raise the level of High Density Lipoproteins in the body, lowers Bad Cholesterol, boost immunity and fight ageing. They also increase the rate of metabolism and helps shed weight!

      It should always be purchased cold-pressed and unrefined when possible.

      People in the tropics have been cooking with it for years. You could substitue any dish that you would normally use olive oil with to add a sweet earthy flavor. I use coconut oil in my raw superfood balls. Another benefit is that coconut oil which is solid at room temperature can be stored easily for a longer duration. This is due to lack of polyunsaturated fats in coconut oil which helps in slower rate of rancidification. Rancidification results into bad taste and makes the oil unsuitable for usage. Used in moderation, it’s a great addition to your nutrition plan.

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