4 Amazing benefits you didn't realise a gym equipment workout could give you
- CRAM THOSE CRAVINGS
Do you enjoy chocolate? Maybe you grab a Snickers on the run? Does a bar of Cadbury's sweet talk you? Well, don't let sweets get the best of your diet. A recent study published in the journal Appetite, shows subjects squelching sweet cravings by taking a simple walk. In the study, subjects took a quick 15min fast paced walk. This quick exercise routine decreased their cravings for chocolate by 12 percent, so imagine what a workout could do. So next time you hear those candy bars sweet talking you and blowing sweet nothings in your ear - hit the gym for a workout or the road for a quick power-walk. Just leave your wallet behind.
- FLATTEN YOUR ABS
This one is too obvious to write about, right? Well, a recent study in the journal Obesity found that a quick cardio session of 1hr 20min each week slowed weight gain and stopped accumulation of that nasty visceral fat around the abdominal area. Why's that important? That's the dangerously ugly kind of fat linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So if you're only up for a little cardio each week - take time to do at least an hour - twenty and you'll be taking down that muffin before you know it.
- KICK THE HABIT
Looking for a way to hack the smoking habit? Know someone that wants to put down the nicotine? It has been shown that simple 10- to 15-minute sessions of aerobic exercise can do just the trick! Evidence shows that these brief sessions trigger neurological changes in the brain that help knock-out nicotine cravings. Moreover, other research shows that cardio sessions actually help strengthen the mind - in so much that when a (smoker) sees a visual stimulate that reminds them of one of those nasty cancer sticks... those things we call cigarettes, the urge to grab on is lesser. So, go for a jog, jump on a tread mill or hit some wind sprints and help kick the habit!
- EYE HEALTH
According to a study via Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, people who ran 1.2 to 2.5 miles a day had a 19 percent lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the medical condition that effects the macula by damage to the retina. Rare? No, not really. It effects about 30-50 MILLION people globally. It's a leading cause of blindness in aging adults. Furthermore, those who ran even more cut their chance by 42 to 54 percent. Stepping up the level of intensity may also decrease cataract risk. So, prolong the life of your visual health. Get your eagle eye on and go for a run. Grab a carrot while you're are it. Just make sure you beat Bugs to it!
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