Exercise is a great way to stay in good physical shape and maintain weight. Unfortunately, some people end up missing some of these benefits because of their thoughts and actions. Since many people’s thoughts turn into actions, these are the most popular ones you may want to pay attention to before, during and after exercising.

I’ve just run 5 miles, so I deserve a pizza.

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The average calorie burn of one mile is 100 calories. Five miles means burning around 500 calories. One slice of pizza can be anywhere from 300-400 calories depending on the toppings. It’s likely when you have the mindset that (1) you can have pizza after running, (2) that you won’t eat just one piece, and (3) it won’t be covered in just cheese.

This means you end up consuming most or even of the calories you just burned. Over time, this can lead to weight gain, and your physical health can decline.

If I exercise for three hours, I won’t have to work out for the rest of the week.

Exercise doesn’t work this way. While exercising is good for you, there is such thing as getting too much of it. When you work out for a long period of time, you are at higher risk of getting injured.

Also, research has found exercising for longer isn’t any more beneficial than working out for shorter periods of time. In addition, there is a cap to the number of calories that will lead to weight loss, according to research.

This is because once you are depleted of energy you are no longer getting the most out of your workout. That’s why exercising at least three times a week is best for improving physical health and using calories burned effectively for weight management.

I’m just too tired to work out, it’s better to take a nap.

When you’re faced with the option of working out or taking a nap, it’s better to workout. While sleep is important, it’s better to get on a sleep schedule each night that will not interrupt your daytime fitness. Exercise despite being tired, and then get a good night’s sleep. Actually, exercising will help you sleep better!

Exercising is an important part of life. It helps us release stress, manage weight, and preserve youthfulness and health. Don’t allow your self-defeating thoughts to ruin the many benefits of a good workout. You deserve to look and feel your very best with the power of exercise.

References:

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Pizza-Calories-31108591

http://www.pamf.org/sports/chen/sportsinjury.html

http://www.mensfitness.com/weight-loss/burn-fat-fast/theres-limit-how-many-calories-you-can-burn-day

https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/study-physical-activity-impacts-overall-quality-sleep