Bea Boomer’s Wellness Project – Day 13 – 2/2/15
Short term benefits of aerobic exercise:
- Aerobic exercise boosts our aging metabolism. Once we hit our thirties, ladies, our metabolism starts to slow down by 2 to 5 percent each decade.* This sucks, right? It’s bad enough that a man’s metabolism is faster than ours, because they have more muscle than we do. How to fight back? Do aerobic exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes every stinking day. Your metabolism will be pleased.
- Aerobic exercise helps energize us. Feeling sleepy after lunch? Dozing at your desk? Take a brisk walk for 15 minutes (outside, if possible) and you’ll perk up. In Bea’s opinion, it’s better than a 5-hour energy drink.
- Aerobic exercise helps boost our mood. Bea knows this for a fact – she’s a S.A.D. sufferer, and aerobics in front of her television truly helps her break down the blues. Those “feel good” endorphins start their happy dance when she exercises.
- Aerobic exercise helps us sleep better. Those of us over the big 4-0 know that insomnia tends to creep up on us as we start going through perimenopause. Arrrghhh, those changing hormones! Aerobic exercise is great for insomnia, as long as it’s not done too close to bedtime (our body temperature needs to cool down to a certain point to fall asleep easily)*
- Aerobic exercise helps us fight off the flu and colds by boosting our immune system.
- Aerobic exercise helps ease menstrual cramps.
- Aerobic exercise boosts our libido and sexual performance. Is your significant other tired of hearing you have a headache? Exercise together out of bed and you may just be happier in bed. You can read more about this lovely benefit in the article, The Top 3 Ways Exercise Boosts your Sex Drive.
* VanTine, Julia, & Doherty, Bridget. Growing Younger – Breakthrough Age-Defying Secrets. Rodale Press.