We always hear that what we put into our bodies as well as how we use our bodies (exercise wise) is sure to either better or worsen our health. Depending of course on our choices in both those areas we can hold a lot of power when it comes to how we feel and look.
Food and nutrition are ever so important, we all know that. Maybe equally important is exercise. Aerobic Exercise (also known as cardio) is a physical exercise generally of relatively low intensity that depends primarily on the aerobic energy-generating process. Aerobic means “living in air”, and it refers to the use of oxygen to adequately meet energy demands during exercise via aerobic metabolism. Generally, light-to-moderate intensity activities that are sufficiently supported by aerobic metabolism can be performed for extended periods of time.
So what does it do for our bodies? Plenty!!
Aerobic activity helps strengthen the muscles involved in respiration, helping air flow in and out of the lungs.
It also helps strengthen our heart muscles improving it’s pumping efficiency and reducing our resting heart rate. A strong heart is so very important.
Of course aerobic exercise not only strengthens our heart muscles, but really every other muscle in our body as well, and the more muscle we have the more calories we can burn.
Improved circulation is another great benefit.
A reduced risk for diabetes is also associated with regular aerobic exercise, as is of course lower rates of obesity.
Regular exercise has also been shown to improve ones mental health, reducing stress and lower the incidence of depression.
People often say once they have completed an exercise session they feel fabulous, they have more energy and the whole day seems to just look better.
For people starting out or those with health concerns walking and swimming are great choices to get started with. 3-5 days a week of moderate exercise for anywhere from 30- 60 minutes is recommended.
Don’t let the cold months discourage you from starting up or continuing a work out routine. The winter just brings about new exciting choices!! Cross country skiing is such a great way to exercise, grab a few friends and hit up a nice trail ( you can still socialize while doing this too!!) Or maybe with winter upon us its time to get that gym membership you have been thinking about, there are so many great options to join classes as well. Yoga, Pilates, kick boxing etc. the options are endless and will keep us from getting to bored. Why not give it a try 🙂
If you are like many of us and already maintaing an active lifestyle then you know how great and amazing this choice is for your body and mind:)
Get moving and feel your very best!!
How do you like to stay active? Do you walk, are in engaged in weekly sports events? Has exercise helped you feel and look better?