Jenny Wildi

Strong is the New Skinny?

Have you heard the phrase "Strong is the New Skinny"?  I think, as always, there's an element of truth, but not the whole truth there.  Certainly looking back at old "Top of the Pops" from decades ago, our boy bands were a great deal less buff than the more recent ones.  Many girls are working hard to improve their glute shape and their arms, rather than just wanting to be as thin as possible.  It is probably a more healthy society where having some shape is considered desirable.  The worry is that some may just see lifting heavy weights as a way of justifying what is in fact an unhealthy, overfat body. 

Being strong is good.  Being the strongest is just a competitive thing.  Being slim is good.  Being obsessed at being the thinnest is a really bad idea.  Let's concentrate on all-round fitness, not just one aspect of it.  That means healthy heart and lungs, a strong core and muscles, flexible joints and great balance, as well as a body weight that is healthy for the individual.

 


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Jenny Wildi

4 unexpected benefits of exercise

The majority of people in your local gym are there to improve strength, increase cardiovascular health, and keep fit.

But there are other ways the gym can help. Ways that you might not have heard of.

Here we’re going to look at these unexpected benefits of exercising.

Stress reduction

You might have heard of this one. But is it actually true? Will exercising kill off that office-stress?

You bet. In fact exercise is one of the best stress-busters out there. Working up a sweat can help you manage physical and mental stress. Plus it increases norepinephrine (no, we didn’t make that up) a chemical that moderates the brains response to stress.

So if you’ve had a rough day at work and feel like you want to rip your hair out, hit the gym. You’ll feel so much better for it.

Make you happier

So you’re getting fit, reducing stress and becoming happier as a result? Sounds too good to be true right?

Well it is true! Running on that treadmill or doing laps in your local pool will release endorphins which can create feelings of happiness and euphoria. It can even help people who suffer from clinical depression feel better.

So if you’re feeling down go slog a few miles in your running shoes. You’ll be right as rain in no time.

Boost your confidence

Working out helps you feel fitter. And the fitter you are, the higher your self-confidence. It’s a very basic thing, but it’s true.

Exercising can increase your perception of your attractiveness!

Reduce anxiety

If you’re feeling anxious what do you do? Head for the chocolates? The pack of cigarettes? The bath?

Well better than all of the above is a run. The chemicals released during and after your exercise can help you become calmer and reduce anxiousness.

So there you have it! Exercise isn’t all about your strength and endurance. It’s about feeling happy within yourself too! 


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