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June 19, 2008 at 4:28 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

30 Minutes A Day Of Aerobic Exercise Can Change You For The Better

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Quick show of hand - who here wants:

  • A healthier heart?
  • Better circulation?
  • More attractive skin?
  • Stronger, leaner musculature?
  • More energy and stamina?

They're all available to you! No pills, no expensive therapy, no magic lotion or potion necessary. You can have all those things, free of charge for the small, small exchange of 30 minutes daily.

The Magic Number is 30

At least 30, and optimally, 60 minutes of aerobic exercise daily is the recommendation by experts, but luckily, there is some flexibility. That time can be broken up into 10-15 minute chunks throughout the day and it will still have the same effect on a person.

What effects?

Believe it or not, there are more than just the physical benefits we usually think of. Here are just a few you may not have considered:

Better Mood, Healthier Mind.

Aerobic exercise helps the brain produce substances that increase body's ability to heal. Lack of exercise, in addition to having a negative attitude, makes the brain unable to produce these substances adequately, making it harder to recover. These substances that the brain produces are known to affect one's thoughts, emotions and expectations. While exercising, endorphins are also released which can be described as your body's natural pain killing mechanisms. They naturally make a person feel better physically and mentally.

A Happier, More Independent Old Age.

Proper exercise practices also help you stay active as you age, decreasing the risk for you to become dependent on others to always do things for you. Everyone's goal as they get older is to not have other people involved just to get something done that you used to be able to do alone. If you constantly exercise a variety of muscles, keeping them in constant motion, it can allow you to do things independently as you begin to age. Independence has been shown to help people live longer.

Bonding Time with Friends

Aerobic exercise is a great way to spend time with friends. It can give you something to look forward to each day. Having a friend to workout with can be a great motivation because sometimes you can ignore your mind telling you to workout but if you have someone else who you have made plans to do it with; you will be less likely to back out of it.

By exercising aerobically for about 30 minutes a day you are doing many positive things for your body for now and in the future. It will make your heart healthier, help your body to be in better physical shape and make you a happier person.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aerobic-exercise/EP00002

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/tc/mental-health-problems-and-mind-body-wellness-mind-body-wellness

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/tc/fitness-aerobic-fitness

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