Exercise: Just Part of an Ordinary Day
We all know that finding time to exercise moderately is probably a good idea. A fitness routine that includes both cardio and strength training (jogging combined with yoga, for instance) could help maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure, and slow the aging process.
Short Term: Powering through a tough workout despite feeling unmotivated or fatigued is worth the effort. As we know, within minutes of exercising, immune functioning improves and a boost in brain chemicals such as serotonin and norepinephrine reduce feelings of anxiety or depression.
But for hours after a cardio workout, even when resting, you continue to burn a higher number of calories than if you hadn’t worked out that day. With just 30 minutes of cardio, and a modest adjustment to portion sizes at lunch and dinner, you could burn off an additional 500 calories a day, resulting in a one pound weight loss each week.
Long Term: The most noticeable long-term health benefit of exercise is that it lowers blood pressure. The heart, lungs, and the arteries of the circulatory system are all strengthened over time, and as a result, we feel stronger and have more energy.
Though we don’t usually associate the liver, spleen, or pancreas with regular exercise, studies have shown that as insulin production improves, blood sugar is lowered, as is the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Similarly, another study has found that incidents of endometrial, lung, and ovarian cancer are lower for women who invest time in some type of cardio fitness on a regular basis.