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“FOOD is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and EXERCISE is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant.” – Bill Phillips

Summer is upon us which means bikinis, shorts, & all things skin-bearing are back in action. You missed the New Year gym rush so you have pretty much given up on the thought of exercising until you have another event to prepare for, right? Well, I’m here to tell you that should not be the case.

Exercise is beneficial in more ways than you think. Did you know that by exercising 150 minutes per week you can actually increase your life span? That’s right… seven extra minutes added to your life for every one minute spent exercising and you can expect an even greater return if you exercise more vigorously than the recomended 150 minutes per week.

If living longer isn’t reason enough for you to get off of your couch, then keep reading and see if I can peak your interest with some other reasons to exercise:

  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces risk of developing Type Two diabetes
  • Breathing is improved
  • Energy levels increase
  • Reduces risk of arthritis
  • Better sleep
  • Improves mood
  • Better sex life
  • Anxiety levels decrease
  • Better memory
  • Risk of dementia is lowered
  • Reduced body fat
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion

I hope you have found at least one reason to exercise daily by now. How nice would it be to experience all of those benefits by simply working out for thirty minutes a day? Stop waiting for the next invitation to come in the mail to kick you out of a slump. If you worked out daily, year round, you would be more likely to look better when swimsuit season did roll around instead of having to hustle on a six week deadline before a beach trip or wedding! Exercising does not have to be hard, monotonous, or boring- nor should it be limited to a seasonal occurrence.

I created my online challenges while keeping in mind the hard working women who don’t want to have to drive to the gym after work, the moms who don’t have childcare, the students who have thirty minutes to spare between studying, and the ladies who have no idea where to begin. For thirty minutes a day in the comfort of your own home you can experience the benefits of exercise with the guidance of a professional and accountability of over 400 women at the low cost of $19.99 per month. Registration for my July challenge will open on Tuesday, June 20th and I would love for you to join us.

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