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Fitness: Benefits of Cardio

Being active is important for your overall health. Performing any exercise, walking and even cleaning is considered a physical activity. When you do any cardiovascular exercise, such as running, biking, swimming, you’re your body benefits tremendously from it. Here are some reasons why you should consider engaging in cardio exercises:


1 – Overall health benefits – running is great for the heart, which is a muscle that needs to be strengthened. It’s good for your lungs; it boosts your immune system and raises good cholesterol levels.
2 – Disease control: running helps prevent heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure and reduces your chances of getting type 2 diabetes; which according to bodybuilding.com, “will increase your muscle’s ability to utilize glucose. Those who exercise regularly tend to have better control of their blood sugars and do not see as many blood sugar swings as those who don’t.”

3-Stress reliever: Cardio will help you reduce the stress. Cardio exercises release good hormones, which releases symptoms of depression and tiredness. This will make you feel more positive and improve your mood.

4- Weight loss benefits: If you want to shed a few pounds, cardio will help you get rid of water weight and increase your metabolism to help you lose fat. Running is high on the list of exercises that burn the most calories per minute.
5- Boost Confidence: As I mentioned before, when you exercise your body releases endorphins, which make you feel happy. In addition, it will help you tone up your body and look better, that alone will boost your confidence and make you feel like you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.


You should always consult your doctor before you start any physical activity.


I'm Natalie Friedman, senior in Brooklyn College majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Fitness is my passion and I aspire to inspire others to a healthy lifestyle. I am currently interning with KIRS, where I write articles about exercises, nutrition and anything fitness related. NAASM aspiring personal trainer.

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