Exercise is my drug of choice!  Anyone who knows me, knows I absolutely LOVE to workout!  I workout for many reasons but the main ones are simply . . .  love those endorphins (that’s what I mean by “drug of choice”) . . . it’s the best stress reliever . . . and when you exercise “the blood flows and the skin glows!”  Obviously you want to be healthy and work out that heart muscle but you really don’t hear that much about what it does for your skin!  I can confirm that after a good workout, I get more compliments on my skin than at any other time of the day.  I constantly hear that my skin is glowing . . .  and it is!  Plus I drink a TON of water.  Another great secret to maintaining supple beautiful skin is HYDRATION and nothing is better than good clean water.

As I’ve aged, I have restructured my workout to be less cardio and more weights.  I read quite a bit about why women need strength training routines.  The main reasons are the ones you constantly hear about . . .  you will lose body fat . .  . you will reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes . . . you will become physically stronger, obviously.   But we also decrease our risk of osteoporosis as research has found that weight training can increase bone density (along with vibration therapy, more on that in a later blog as I’m testing it now and we do need an adequate amount of dietary calcium) and with stronger muscles we build stronger connective tissues and increase joint stability which acts as reinforcement for our joints which helps prevent injury.

It’s never too late to benefit from strength training . . . it helps fight depression and definitely improves your attitude.   If I can’t make it to the gym, I bought some simple dumbbells that I keep at home and switch the weights on them depending on which muscle group I’m targeting.  I watch TV and workout!  It’s not a heavy duty workout, but enough to make a difference, one you can see and definitely feel.  A great high!

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