Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I am a Smooth Fitness Ambassador and received an elliptical machine at no cost, in order to facilitate my review (and my quest for a healthier lifestyle).
When I first started spreading the word that I was a Smooth Fitness Ambassador, someone made a comment to me about how my new elliptical would be "a great place to hang clothes". I chuckled a little because I knew exactly what they meant. We had a weight bench once, and it made a great place to stack stuff that we had no place for. We eventually got rid of that "storage area", and we haven't had any fitness equipment in our house since then. Well, until now, that is.
I actually USE my Smooth Fitness elliptical trainer, so you won't ever find clothes hanging from it. In fact, Brian draped his jacket over it when he was packing up to go on his trip and I was like "you better get that off of there!" My elliptical still sits in my room today with nothing hanging on it.
Now, I'm not saying that I exercise every single day, because unfortunately, I can't. Between my family, my job, and this blog, there are some nights that I just do not have that 30 minutes. I try to use it at least 3 times a week, though, and hopefully one of these days, I'll be able to get that number up to 5. In just a couple of short months, I have experienced several benefits from exercising regularly, and I hope to make this a lifestyle change and keep it up.
I wanted to start exercising to tone up my flab. That was the main reason. While that is a slow-going process, I can already feel the muscles in my legs getting stronger, and my pants get a tiny bit looser every week. I'm not yet ready to go down to that next size, but I will be soon, I'm sure.
Through this last couple of months, I have also noticed that I have more energy in general. Especially right after a workout. I feel energized, and I really feel great.
The main benefit for me right now, though, is stress relief. There are some evenings when I come home a bundle of nerves after working all day, and the last thing I want to do is exercise. I'm angry, I'm irritated, and I'm just tired. But I found that if I force myself to get on my elliptical machine for 30 minutes, the stress goes away. The endorphins get pumping through my body, and by the time my workout is finished, I am in a much better mood. Work is so stressful right now, so I definitely NEED something to relieve the stress.
There are so many benefits to exercise, and I'm so fortunate that I was selected to test out the Smooth CE 7.4 Elliptical Trainer. Not only did I get a great machine to work out on, but I am improving my life in ways that I hadn't imagined!
Why do you exercise? Have you experienced benefits from exercising that you hadn't expected?
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