Crazy About Cardio!

When it comes to exercise, I’ve always been a crazy cardio lady! Anything that involves running or high intensity work, you can count me in! I’ve been a runner for most of my life. I’ve completed several 5k’s and even all the way up to a double marathon. But hey, I’m married to an ultra-runner so what once seemed like many miles doesn’t anymore. To be completely honest, I run for the fun/health of it now! And because I like to eat!  It’s a social thing for me usually, but when I run alone (more often now with social distancing) it’s more on the therapeutic side.

With the current health pandemic, now really is a perfect time to get outside and start walking/running/biking or any cardio activity you think you might enjoy!

Since this month we focus on cardio, let’s think about the benefits. Aerobic exercise helps reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke, increases bone density, increases lung capacity, increases energy, decreases stress while increasing quality sleep, and helps burn fat and calories.

Have you ever “woken up on the wrong side of the bed?” Basically just felt irritated and grumpy?! That was usually me before I started running most mornings. It truly is THE best way to start my day! Don’t discount what cardio can do for your mental health as well. It’s just as important, if not more, for mental reasons as physical.

Getting outside and getting fresh air and sunshine…those two things alone can help boost mental and physical health. When you add in some aerobic exercise it can double those benefits. Think about boosting your Vitamin D levels, decreasing depression, increasing gratitude and appreciation, breaking through the boredom (especially now) and experiencing greater levels of happiness. What we usually think will make us happier statistically doesn’t. Similarly, what we think is difficult and don’t want to do (exercise), usually rises our levels of happiness. So get out there and get your run on! I’ll be right here cheering you on!

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