Get your Cardio On This Fall!
Fall is here, and that means the holidays are just around the corner. With them comes countless opportunities to overindulge. It’s no wonder that so many people put on weight in this season. However, you can fight this by adding some more Cardio workouts into your schedule.
Cardio workouts are not a favorite pastime for most people. In fact, strenuous exercise is more likely to be seen as something to be avoided. However, the benefits of exercising more are many, and they may be especially helpful to you this fall.
Let’s look at five of the main benefits you’ll get from stepping up your cardio training this fall.
1. Heart Health
Did you know that Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America? It’s so prevalent that you probably know someone or are related to someone who has it. In fact, it would be surprising if you couldn’t name several people you’ve known who had heart disease.
The really shocking thing about heart disease is that virtually all cases of it are preventable. Managing stress and eating a healthy diet are important, but there’s no substitute for regular cardiovascular workouts for making the heart strong.
That’s because your heart is a muscle. Just like other muscles, it needs to be put under some stress occasionally if you want it to become healthy and strong. That means regularly doing exercises that increase your heart rate. No more getting winded when you climb the stairs or walk down the street. Your heart will be ready to go the distance.
2. Metabolism Increase
The holidays are a time for eating. From turkeys to cookies, the opportunities to overindulge are endless. If you fit more cardio exercise into your routine, you’ll be able to indulge a bit without threatening your waistline. That’s because regular workouts have the benefit of increasing your body’s metabolic rate. This means you burn through calories faster, making it easier for you to get rid of any excess you might consume during the holidays.
3. Better Sleep
With so much to do during the holidays, it’s really easy to let the goal of getting good, quality sleep slide. You may find yourself lying in bed at night, going over to-do lists in your head. That is, you might be doing that if you don’t start exercising more. Studies have shown that a good workout is one of the best ways to get a great night’s sleep. With better sleep, you can have more fun celebrating.
4. Improved Bone Health and Density
Bone loss is an all-too common phenomenon among the older population. You can stop the process in its tracks before it even begins to affect you if you make regular workouts a part of your routine. One study reported a bone density increase of 12 percent after just six months of exercise. Cardio workouts can help you protect your bones for a lifetime.
5. Alleviation of Depression
The holiday merry making isn’t fun for everyone. Depression runs rampant at this time of year, but exercising is one of the best coping mechanisms available. Endorphins, which are natural chemicals that are produced by your body when you exercise, can make you feel fantastic even on the gloomiest of days. You’ll improve your mood and reduce your chances of experiencing stress and anxiety during the holidays if you commit to regular workouts.
Fall is a great time to commit to better cardiovascular health. With these benefits and many others available, you can’t afford to ignore what exercise could do for your body.
If you are looking for a boost to your stamina or are looking to get started with cardio, find a My House Fitness location near you.
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