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Cardio Exercise Benefits

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S. Grey has a Master of Science in counseling psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. He is also pursuing a PhD and has a love for psychology, comic books and social justice. He has been published in a text on social psychology and regularly presents research at regional psychology conferences.
Cardio Exercise Benefits
If you're having a rough day, do some cardio to boost your mood. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

If you want exercise that improves your life, look no further than cardio. This type of exercise creates a host of benefits for you, inside and out. Over time, you will see gains in not just your physical health, but your mental health as well.

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The benefits of cardio exercise are almost too many to name. According to Dr. Michael Olpin of Weber State University, cardio produces benefits for your mind, body and heart. A walk or a run improves your concentration and mood, reducing tension and releasing endorphins, your brain's "feel good" hormones. This type of exercise also reduces your appetite and helps your body use fat for energy, which leads to weight loss over time. Cardio enhances your heart health by decreasing blood pressure and strengthening your heart, leading to a reduced risk of heart issues in the future. When doing cardio, shoot for either 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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