It’s no magical secret that diet and exercise are the most effective ways to lose weight. That’s why we skip the burger in favor of a salad, and bust our butts in the gym day in and day out.
While physique is a major focus when first embarking on our healthy lifestyle, there are more benfits to exercise than what you see in the mirror. Some of these may actually even surprise you.
Runtastic, an app we’re big fans of, has put together a comprehensive infographic on why you should lace up your sneakers more often. Not only does frequent exercise help you combat multiple types of cancer, but it can make you a happier person and lower risk for depression – something any avid workout fanatic will tell you. Those are two very good reasons to keep working out. Check out the graph below for some more facts on how even just going for a run, can do so much more for your body than simply torching calories.
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While the infographic doesn’t state specific types of exercise that may reap certain health benefits, it’s safe to say that it’s important to vary your interests. Too much of a good thing really can become a negative or stagnant thing.
For example, while running may have mind-clearing powers and improve cardiovascular health, it can also really wear down your joints and waste away muscle and strength if not combined with strength training exercises. Only weight lifting will ensure
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What exercises do you do to stay happy and healthy?