Benefits of physical exercise are numerous, from boosting your immune system to increase bone and joint density. One of the most beneficial types of exercise is aerobic exercise or cardio, and literally, anyone who engages in it can prosper, from lazy teens, busy moms, overworked professionals to senior singles!
Let’s take a closer look at how aerobic exercise can benefit you, and help you live a longer and healthier life.
- Aerobic Exercise Increases Endurance
People who exercise on a regular basis have much more endurance not just in terms of physical strength when it comes to lifting heavy boxes or moving furniture around, but also in terms of having more energy. Having good stamina translates into feeling tired less often and having more energy to spend an evening with your family, cook a meal, walk your dog or do whatever it is that you need to do at the end of a long day.
- Aerobic Exercise Reduces Stress
Aerobic exercise is one of the best natural ways to reduce stress and feel well. Running, cycling, skiing, mountain climbing and anything that can pass for cardio (shopping doesn’t count) all result in the production of endorphins which cause an all-natural high. In other words, ‘running’ your cares away is much more beneficial than stuffing yourself with comfort food because not only will it make you feel good but it will give you an attractive shape to boot.
- Aerobic Exercise Boosts Immune System
Aerobic exercise is generally speaking one of the best activities you can engage in to stay healthy and lead a happier and more fulfilled life. Aerobic exercise is actually the one thing you can do to boost your immune system and help your body fight off infection and disease of all sorts. It beats taking antibiotics any day. You won’t need to take any medication because you won’t even get sick as your body will become resistant to illness.
- Aerobic Exercise Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, and one of the leading causes of heart disease is physical inactivity. Coronary heart disease is at the top of the list of the deadliest diseases, and the simple and fun way to lower the risk of developing heart problems is, you’ve guessed it, aerobic exercise. Half of the people who suffer from heart problems are women, and there is absolutely no excuse for skipping on those cute workout outfits and avoiding the gym.
- Aerobic Exercise Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer
Speaking of women’s health, aerobic exercise reduces the risk of developing breast cancer in women who work out at least three times a week. ‘Breast cancer’ has become one of the scariest things for a woman to hear in her lifetime, and we all know how widespread this illness is. Regular cardio exercise significantly reduces the risk of developing this horrifying disease, and coupled with the fact that it reduces stress and produces ‘happy hormones’, aerobic exercise is one of the most effective ways to put your mind at ease.