Healthy mind, healthy life

Dear followers, I always talk about wine & food but I need to talk to you guys about being healthy and exercising because it is VERY important. I've always been an athlete so I've learned that doing a sport on a regular basis can help your body and your mind in so many ways.

When I came to the USA, of course, like everybody else I was choked by the number of obese people. Reason #1 : the food isn't healthy, you have to look for information more carefully than before. Read the back of each product and do NOT get fooled by the words "healthy, light,low-fat"... because it really doesn't mean anything!
Reason #2:  there is a lack of exercising since you have to drive everywhere, so you just jump in your car all the time instead of walking. So try to walk as much as you can!

Nowadays, you see commercials for losing weight in order looking like Angelina Jolie everyday...BUT this post is not meant to make you wanna be 90pounds. I just want to share with you the benefits of exercising so you can understand why it is important. There is a difference between being skinny and healthy. We want to be HEALTHY!

#1 Exercise controls weight - Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. If you can't do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.

#2 Exercise combats health conditions and diseases-  Regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

#3 Exercise improves mood- Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. If need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help.

#4 Exercise boosts energy- Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

#5 Exercise promotes better sleep- Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don't exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

#6 Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life- Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don't exercise.

#7 Exercise can be fun- Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy.

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