Need motivation to get off the couch and get your heart pumping? Taking part in easy, aerobic exercises every day can help you live a longer, healthier life. Simple routines such as walking, jogging, biking or swimming affects your heart, lungs and blood flow. Still need motivation to get moving? Courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, we dug up some of our favorite reasons to get active and start working towards a long and healthy life!
- Build Stamina: Initially, aerobic exercising may make you tired in the short term. But over a longer period of time, you will enjoy increased stamina and energy and reduced fatigue.
- Ward off Illnesses: Exercising helps activate your immune system, leaving you less susceptible to viral illnesses such as a cold or flu.
- Reduce Health Risks: One of the ultimate benefits, aerobic exercises can help reduce your risk of many health conditions including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and certain cancers. Exercising can also reduce the chance of subsequent heart attacks.
- Keep Arteries Clear: Aerobic exercise boosts your high-density lipoprotein (or “good” cholesterol) and helps lower your low-density lipoprotein (or “bad” cholesterol). The result includes less buildup of plaque in your arteries.
- Strengthen Your Heart: A stronger heart doesn’t need to beat as fast. A stronger heart also pumps blood more effectively to all parts in your body. Aerobic exercises are a great way to work towards a healthier heart.
- Boost Your Mood: Aerobic exercising can pull you out of a slump, reduce tension and promote relaxation.