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Dr. Atkins encourages exercise as a part of his diet, especially for those who are severely metabolically resistant. If you are following Dr. Atkins diet, exercise can be an important part of your weight loss plan. The following article explains some of the benefits of exercise. Don't forget to visit our message boards to discuss your exercise routine!

Why You Should Do Your Exercise Today

By: Susie Michelle Cortright

susie@momscape.com Momscape http://www.momscape.com

Exercise is good for your mind, body, and soul.

Refer to this quick list of exercise's benefits the next time
you need a little extra motivation.

· Improves the quality of your sleep.

· Burns fat.

· Boosts your metabolism.

· Charges your immune system for one to three hours after each workout.

· Increases your circulation.

· Eliminates toxins through the sweat glands and lymph system.

· Regulates blood sugar levels.

· Lowers blood pressure.

· Lowers cholesterol.

· Lowers your risk of stroke. Even low-intensity workouts, such as
walking and biking, can lower this risk by 23 percent, the American
Heart Association reports. A job entailing physical activity can
lower it by 49 percent.

· Increases muscle mass.

· Strengthens your heart and lungs.

· Reduces your risk of various kinds of cancer, including breast cancer.

· Slashes your risk of developing coronary heart disease, the leading
cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Burning
2,000 calories per week in your workout and daily activities reduces
your risk of heart disease by 40 percent.

· Helps you control anxiety.

· Provides an appropriate outlet for aggression and tension.

· Helps you lose weight. Exercise is critical to any weight loss
strategy, and it may be an even more significant factor than diet.
A study in Great Britain involved researchers tracking 1,000 female
twins. Researchers considered all factors that might influence the
women's weight, including smoking, hormone therapy, diet, and physical
exercise. Physical activity had the most profound effect on weight.
Even the women whose physical activity consisted of relatively low
intensity exercises, such as golf and bowling, had less body
fat--particularly dangerous abdominal fat.

· Helps keep your body looking great. Your clothes fit better and
your posture improves.

· Improves your self-esteem.

· Improves your sex life. One study reports that physically
active women are more likely to describe themselves as assertive,
sexy, and physically strong. A majority of them also said exercise
helped to boost their career, relationships, self-esteem, and sex life.

· Enhances your mood and relaxes your body by increasing blood flow
to the brain and triggering the release of endorphins.

· Increases creativity and alertness.

· Reduces stress.

· Energizes you like nothing else. The energy boost from
cardiovascular exercise is instantaneous and lasts for hours.

This article is excerpted from More Energy for Moms, an interactive
mind-body-spirit fitness program, designed exclusively for moms.
Its creator, Susie Michelle Cortright, is the author of several books
for moms and founder of the award-winning website Momscape.com
Visit today to get her free course-by-email, "6 Days to Less Stress":

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