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Happiness is Working Out

on November 7, 2011

A simple pleasure: the feeling after a good workout

Just one week of cold weather and you are already feeling sluggish. You’re curled up on the couch. You’re in sweatpants. You’re eating Halloween candy. You realize this can’t become a habit.

You jump up. You have to start moving. Two big holidays are coming up: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Just thinking about all that food makes you feel ten pounds heavier.

It is important to start your exercise with a good warm up. Marianne McGinnis with Prevention magazine offers five great moves to warm up your body. The warm up includes step-hop kicks, rotating lunges, stork flies, pillow throws and back twists.

After your body is warmed up, the next step is a good cardiovascular routine. Whether it be running or playing your favorite sport, it is important to increase your heart rate. About.com offers a variety cardio workouts from outdoor exercises to exercises at the gym.

Finally, it is time for a cool down. Netfit advises that you slowly decrease your heart rate by walking or cycling. It is also important to stretch to prevent injury. Netfit offers several stretches to help during a cool down.

After you finish your workout, you realize something. You feel happy and surprisingly, energized. Netdoctor explains, when you exercise, it stimulates the production of endorphins in  your body. Endorphins make you feel happy and exhilarated. To feel this good is enough reason to exercise everyday.

Let working out be a simple pleasure today.

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