Working Out – More Benefits Than You Ever Imagined

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We hear it all the time, “You need to exercise.” Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, lowers your risk for cancer, can lower high cholesterol, relieves stress, and it’s good for your heart. But did you know that working out regularly can have tremendous effects on your mental health and your mood? Or how about the fact that it can help you fight off colds and other ailments?

Well, it’s true! Personally, I don’t know what I’d do without my workouts. They keep me sane. Honestly, my one sure fix for a bad mood is a great cardio blasting session. I know some people may be thinking I’m psycho or think that’s the last thing they want to do when they’re in a bad mood, but try it. I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised. If you need a suggestion for a quick fix that’s especially good at relieving stress, my personal favorite is Turbo Kickboxing. Let’s face it, it’s safer for everyone involved if I take my anger out by punching the air rather than punching the person my anger is directed at.

So how does working out keep that nasty cold at bay, you ask? Working out regularly boosts your immune system. Most people think gyms are just breeding grounds for germs, which I’ll admit is somewhat true, but as long as you wash your hands and wipe down your exercise equipment/machines, the gym will actually help you stay healthy this flu season.  This doesn’t mean you should skip the flu shot this year, everyone should get one if they can, but it does mean that if you work out regularly you can stop worrying about catching a cold every time you hear someone sneeze. It’s also not a bad idea to carry a mini hand sanitizer in your purse/car/desk and if you work in an office, try to wipe down your desk, phone, mouse, and keyboard with disinfectant wipes every few weeks—you’ll be surprised how much collects on those surfaces in just a few short weeks!

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