Monday, August 30, 2010

Smile During Exercise

Have you ever tried to smile while working out?  Yes, smile!

As you may know, my exercise program of choice is T-Tapp. With the T-Tapp workout you're involving so much of your body during each movement, that it can be a lot to think about.  (Toes forward, butt tucked, shoulders in alignment, bent knees to KLT, curling your core/pressing lower back, lift ribs, set lats, etc, etc, etc.  See what I mean!)  Adding one more thing, like a smile, can take your workout to the next level.  Try it!  I like to smile at myself in the mirror when I get to the tough exercises, especially the ones I don't feel like doing.  It makes a difference!  Smiling makes me lighten up and I seem to be able to get through the movement a bit easier.

Believe it or not, smiling has health benefits too!  Check out these Top 10 Reasons to Smile:
  1. Smiling makes us attractive
  2. Smiling changes our mood
  3. Smiling is contagious
  4. Smiling relieves stress
  5. Smiling boosts the immune system
  6. Smiling lowers blood pressure
  7. Smiling releases endorphins (ie: natural pain killers and seratonin!)
  8. Smiling lifts the face and makes us look younger
  9. Smiling makes you seem successful
  10. Smiling helps you stay positive
Numbers 2, 7 and 10 are why I think smiling helps with exercise.  It changes our mood making us more likely to start enjoying exercise, even if we don't really feel like working out.  Smiling releases endorphins making us feel better physically so we can push on through the workout.  And we all know positivity breeds positivity and smiles are contagious!  I will be trying to smile a lot more from now on.

Au revoir!

P.S. If you haven't tried T-Tapp yet, jump on the site and get started already!  T-Tapp is not an all-or-nothing approach to fitness.  Meaning, you can do the freebie moves and GET RESULTS.  I recommend checking out the Try Before You Buy section to get started.  Recession-proof eco-friendly fitness that WORKS -- you can't beat that!  What have you got to lose?

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