Exercise Focus: Cardiorespiratory Endurance Training
Nutrition Focus: Calorie Maintenance
Happiness Focus: Using Strengths in New Ways, Every Day
*Download your exercise list, nutrition log, & happiness workbook for today above.
cardio success is not just on the scale
It's true, what most of us really want out of exercise is to lose weight, and though cardiorespiratory training can aid in weight loss, that is not the only benefit. Cardio aids in reducing all-cause mortality, reduces the risk of stroke, atherosclerosis, and heart disease, helps better manage blood glucose levels and increase lung capacity. Cardio also boosts our VO2 max and improves our lactate threshold. In addition, our bone health is well regulated with regular cardiorespiratory fitness. Interestingly enough, studies also show that cardio can increase cognitive function and reduce depression, leading to higher levels of well-being. So next time you are on a run and you begin to hit that wall, keep in mind that you are doing so much more than shedding a few extra pounds.
Your Exercises For Today
Have you been considering others while you pursue this change in your life? Attaching our purpose to the benefits of others is powerful. Recognizing that your health, habits and happiness can directly and indirectly affect those around you can be invaluable in designing your success story. If you need to remind yourself, head back to day 34 and reread our section on environmental reevaluation. Today, we challenge you to try involving a friend or family member in your path to health and happiness in some capacity. Cook a healthy meal together, do a workout together or simply share with them your SoulFit story so far or give them some tips and tricks that you have learned.
Drink 8, 8 oz of water
fill out your food log
Take your multivitamin
log your sleep hours
using strengths in a new way, every day
By using your top strengths across the realms of your life (at home, at work, etc.) you can boost your resilience, improve relationships, and overall health and well-being. Research has shown that if you use your top strengths in a new way, every day you can become happier – with a lasting effect of up to 6 months!
Instructions: Today, brainstorm some ways that you can use your top strengths in a novel way in your workbook and how you plan to incorporate them in your daily life!