By: Melissa Wrubel
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If you have been in the Blue Water Area this past week, I am sure you couldn’t help but notice how unseasonably warm it has been! Usually, mid-February is blustery and cold with all of the locals hibernating until at least April 1st. However, we have been blessed with abundant sunshine and warm air in the midst of one of the typically coldest months of the year. I am not complaining one bit! Being able to function outside without gloves and a heavy coat is a treat I’ll take any day! With the warm temperatures come more and more people getting outside and strolling around town. Even pets are happy to stay outside a little bit longer and enjoy the sounds of Spring approaching. Along with the smiling faces and the care-free feeling of a new season upon us comes the return of outdoor exercise. Now I know that there are die-hards who workout in all types of weather. But for the most of us, I think it’s safe to say that training outside in the dead of Winter is not our first choice. This is where the gym comes in to play, and we can plug along with our exercise routines without having to worry about the elements. Those treadmills and elliptical machines and all of the fun boxing and tabata classes that are offered indoors make it MUCH easier to get a good workout in no matter what time of year.
If you have dedicated any part of your life to fitness, chances are that you know about cardio training and how to incorporate it into your weekly workout routines. Cardio, short for cardiovascular exercise, is any form of activity that gets your heart rate up and increases your blood circulation. Cardio is very beneficial for your heart and your metabolism. It helps to regulate hormone levels, control blood sugar levels, increase stamina, and speed up recovery time. Cardio also tightens up your physique and melts excess body fat, which ultimately raises confidence levels and helps you to feel more comfortable in your own skin. In addition to feeling better physically, you will be astounded at the mental and emotional affects that cardio has on your soul! The brain releases “happy hormones” called endorphins, that are produced by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Stress levels go down and pain sensory is reduced, resulting in an over-all feeling of well-being. And keep in mind, it’s not just the good feeling that is benefiting you. Your body, internally and externally, is getting into shape!
If you haven’t been incorporating cardio into your weekly routines, strongly consider the benefits of doing so. The phrase “sitting is the new smoking” is a powerful statement regarding a sedentary lifestyle. Start planning a fun cardio activity that you won’t get bored doing. Switch it up often, and start out at a comfortable pace. You will be glad that you did, and your body will thank you with benefits you are yet to experience!