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Just Part of an Ordinary Day

We all know that finding time to exercise moderately is just part of an ordinary day. A fitness routine that includes some form of cardio and strength training (jogging combined with yoga, for instance) could help maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure, and slow the aging process.

The health experts at Fitness Magazine have outlined some of the hidden benefits of both short-term and long-term exercise to help you stay motivated.

Short Term: Powering through a strenuous workout despite feeling unmotivated or fatigued is worth the effort. Within minutes of exercising, immune functioning improves and a boost in brain chemicals such as serotonin and norepinephrine reduce feelings of anxiety or depression.

Throughout the day, even when resting, we continue to burn a higher number of calories than if we hadn’t worked out that day. With just 30 minutes of cardio, and a modest adjustment to portion sizes at lunch and dinner, our bodies could burn an additional 500 calories a day, resulting in a one-pound weight loss per week.

Long Term:  One long-term health benefit of exercise is that it lowers blood pressure. With regular, moderate work outs, the heart, lungs, and the arteries of the circulatory system could be strengthened over a span of years. As a result, we have more energy and stamina. Studies have shown that we could also minimize damage to our DNA and prevent some types of cancer. 

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