I know I can tell a huge difference when I exercise. I used to feel, well, blah if I went a few days without running. Then I’d start to get down on myself for not getting out there. But sometimes I can get into a running rut. I just want something different, and not the same ol’ route that I often run. That’s when I decided to start my 30 Day At-Home CrossFit Challenge. On the days I don’t run, I will often just do a quick workout–could be a few sets of air squats, or some push-ups and sit-ups, or some lunges, or a combination of any of those. It can just be a quick 5 minutes. But when I’m done, I feel as accomplished as I do after a run. It must release the same “feel good” endorphins, because honestly, a 3-mile run can exhibit the same physical response in me as a quick 5 or 10-minute hard workout.
Did you know that short bursts of moderate-intensity exercise can positively influence your DNA expression?
I thought this was so cool. The field of epigenetics fascinates me. The whole idea that we could positively [or negatively] affect our DNA is intriguing. So when I came across THIS article, I was pretty riveted. The article cites a recent study in cell metabolism that states “when healthy but inactive men and women exercise for a matter of minutes, it produces a rather immediate change to their DNA.”
I’ve become a big believer in short bursts of moderate to high-intensity exercise. It just feels right. Sure, I love me a long run sometimes. And I still enjoy going out for shorter runs as well. But I have seen through the course of my 30 days of CrossFit workouts that these short bursts of energy have given me more stamina then running a half-marathon ever has.
So do something physical today. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes. You may be changing your DNA!
Check out the full article HERE.
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