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11 Unexpected Benefits of Exercising That You Should Know About

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At one point in your life, you have thought of hitting the gym or exercise, and you’ve probably heard that it’s healthy for the heart. Working out has more unexpected benefits than you could imagine.

Studies show that there are plenty of compelling reasons to start exercising at any age even if you’re ill or pregnant. Indeed, experts are learning that exercise provides some serious mental benefits.

Here, we have rounded unexpected ways that exercising can benefit mental health, and lead to a healthier and happier life.

Reduce stress

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One of the most well-known mental benefits of exercising is stress relief. If you’re having a rough day at work, put everything aside and take a walk or even go to the gym. Working out can help manage physical and mental stress. Similarly, simple exercises can help increase your norepinephrine levels, a chemical that helps control stress. So, get sweaty and relieve the stress in your body.

Improve self-confidence

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There is no doubt that regular workout can help you get that amazing body in no time but, perhaps the important thing is that it will leave you feeling confident about yourself. So, hop on that treadmill you have always wanted to and workout like never before. Physical activity is a proven self-esteem booster that can help tone your body and promote self-image. No matter the age, weight, gender, or size, exercise can work wonders and elevate the perception of your self-confidence and attractiveness.

Alleviate anxiety

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Our schedules may be jammed with many activities which can be so overwhelming and could lead to anxiety. But which is better at relieving anxiety than a thirty minutes jog or a visit to the gym. You might be surprised at the result. When you exercise, warm chemicals are released from the body and can help calm the mind and body of people with anxiety disorders. So, getting on a treadmill in intervals can help reduce anxiety sensitivity.

Improves brainpower

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Working out is not only good for physical fitness, but it is also a great remedy for mental life. A moderate to high-intensity aerobic workout can help boost chemicals found in the hippocampus that prevent brain cell degeneration. Studies suggest that working out can help create new brain cells and increase your overall brainpower.

Increases Productivity

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If you’re stuck in the office for hours, the worst thing you can do is continue sitting there bored. Engaging in a simple exercise such as a quick run or jog can help boost you refresh and boost your productivity. In fact, you will feel more energized after working out and you will be ready to get back to work with a clear mind.

Relaxation

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A good workout can be tiring and sweaty as the body is stretched to the maximum to achieve a certain level of fitness. For some, a moderate workout session is equivalent to a sleeping pill, even for people with insomnia. Exercise can be a perfect way to relax and get your body to rest after a good sleep.

Tap into creativity

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A recent study shows that your heart rate can help improve creativity for up to two hours afterward. So, the next time you need a burst of creativity, go for a jog or a gym class and get those creative juices flowing for some hours. Not only do long runs refresh the body, but they also refresh the brain and enable you to do much more within a short time.

Enhance memory

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A heart pumping and sweaty gym session can be a great creativity booster and enable you to have a fresh mind to learn new things. Similarly, an intensive workout can increase production of cells in the hippocampus that help in improving memory and learning. Some studies indicate that children’s brain development depends on the level of physical exercises they engage in. But the process isn’t for kids only. People of all ages can also exercise and boost their memory.

Beat addiction

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After a pleasuring session such as exercise, sex, food, alcohol, or drugs, the brain releases a “reward” chemical known as dopamine. Unfortunately, some people can develop an addiction to dopamine and dependent on other substances that produce it such as alcohol and drugs. The interesting part is that working out can help beat the addiction. Short moderate to high-intensive exercise sessions can distract the drug addicts, and reduce the cravings in the short term. Exercises help reboot the body systems, thus saving most addicts from falling into addiction.

Become happier

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Trekking for some few miles on the treadmill can be tough when starting, but it’s worth the effort. Countless studies indicate that different types of exercise, including cycling and walking, make people feel better and happier. Exercises releases endorphins, a chemical that creates feelings of happiness. Research shows that these exercises can help relieve symptoms of depression or anxiety. No need to worry if you’re not a gym enthusiast, a simple workout of 30 minutes several times a week can instantly boost your mood.

Source of inspiration

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Whether it’s a regular group session at the gym, a pick-up game of football, or just a simple run with a colleague, working out rarely happens in a fizz. This is good news for most people. Studies show that people feel more inspired by working as a pair in any form of exercise. Furthermore, nobody wants to let the other person down in the gym. The advantage of working as a team is that it helps you become tolerance to pain and increase your motivation to workout regularly. So, find a workout partner and rock the gym like never before. With no time, you will feel inspired and get others to do the same.

Wrapping Up

I understand, everyone is becoming busier by day. I am also a victim. While many people may feel that the daily activities deny them time to exercise, it is possible to take a step back and work on your schedule to free a few minutes or an hour to run, jog, or hit the gym. Working less and working out more may help you become more productive, healthy, and live a happier life.

So, start working out today!

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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