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Aerobic Exercises: Too Many Benefits to Count!

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As you likely know, aerobic exercise (or cardio) is physical exercise that gets your heart pumping and blood and oxygen flowing throughout your body. Some popular aerobic exercises include walking, biking, and swimming – all of which can help you live a longer, healthier life.

But that’s not all. Aerobic exercises also provide many other benefits. In fact, there are just too many too count! However, for the purpose of this post, we’re going to review seven of the many benefits of participating in aerobic exercise.

Let’s get to it!

  1. It can help keep your weight down: Although diet also plays a significant role in weight management, aerobic exercise can help you lose and keep weight off.
  2. It can help increase your endurance: Through aerobic exercise, you’ll be able to increase your endurance, allowing you to feel stronger and less tired throughout the day.
  3. It can help decrease your risk for health conditions: Some of these conditions include obesity, heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and even some types of cancer.
  4. It can help keep you healthier: In addition to lowering your risks for the above ailments, cardio can also help you ward off viruses such as colds and strains of the flu.
  5. It can help boost your mood: Aerobic exercise has been known to help fight depression, decrease anxiety and help individuals relax.
  6. It can help keep you mentally sharp: Physical, aerobic exercise keeps you mentally sharp and does more for your mind than puzzles and games.  Oxygenating the brain is the game!
  7. It can help you live longer: Various studies have shown that individuals who exercise regularly live longer than those who don’t.

As you can see, there are several really awesome benefits of aerobic exercise. As little as 30 minutes a day, three times a week will have you feeling better and reaping the many benefits of aerobic exercise. So get out there and get moving!

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Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone: Try Something New!

try something newLife is busy, often frenetic, and whether you are single, in a relationship, or perhaps have family, things can become routine. You can end up running on auto-pilot and in a rut, risking the joy of having passion and creativity in your life. And life is meant to be lived creatively.

This doesn’t mean that you should give up your job and abdicate your responsibilities. But it does mean that shaking things up a little might be good for not only the soul, but also for your overall wellbeing.

When you are too focused on work and the “business of the day” at the expense of your creativity you are only living with half of who you are. Trying something new, perhaps even something that provokes fear in you – whether it’s tap dancing, painting, learning a new language, skydiving, knitting, yoga, figure skating, writing, sewing, mechanics,  – whatever strikes your fancy and gets your mind, body, and spirit working outside your comfort zone, awakens the passion inside you.

Getting yourself out of a rut, and flexing muscles other than the ones you use every day, stimulates the brain and the body, and puts you in the mindset of discovery. It can stretch you in ways you never thought possible and give an added dimension to your life. And it doesn’t matter if you excel at your new endeavor.

Just the experience of it increases self-confidence, enriches your self-esteem, and gives you the impetus to keep trying new things and to grow as a human being. It makes you think differently about the person you are and see yourself anew.

And the best part of stepping out of your comfort zone is that it gives you a new appreciation for your life, yourself, and the things and people around you. You approach everything with fresh eyes and a new found gratitude for what you have.

Trying new things stimulates, brings fun into your life, and reawakens parts of yourself that may have lain dormant for a long time. It enhances your life mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. It makes you stronger, more open, and your best self. There is nothing better than that.
 

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