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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!

ICE Is Taking Advantage Of Migrants Who Can’t Read Or Write In Their Court Proceedings

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ICE Is Taking Advantage Of Migrants Who Can’t Read Or Write In Their Court Proceedings

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Last summer, images of undocumented immigrant children went viral. These images didn’t show them crying, or being taken away from their parents. These children were pictured alone in court. The nameless children had no one by their side, no one to represent them, and had no clue what was going on, despite the fact that they were there trying to seek asylum. In some cases, these children wore headphones as a means to translate what the judge was saying. However, given that they were just children, the translation was almost useless. Reports are now servicing that immigration officials are using the language barrier as a means to keep them out of the U.S. 

An op-ed, written by a volunteer at the border, states that asylum-seeking immigrants cannot read or write in English or in their native tongue and immigration officials are taking advantage of that.

Emily Reed, a recent grad student from Barnard University, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post that stated she witnessed this manipulation from immigration officials against illiterate undocumented people. Reed was at the border in Texas volunteering with classmates at the South Texas Family Residential Center volunteering with the Dilley Pro Bono Project when she witnessed this manipulation. 

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection often conveniently exploit asylum seekers who cannot read. Along with an unfamiliarity with our deliberately complex immigration system, the illiteracy of Central American migrants, especially women, facilitates the deportation of parents and separation of families,” Reed wrote. She added, “By manipulating illiterate refugees who often unwittingly sign away their rights, the U.S. government is violating the basic tenets of the internationally recognized and protected right to seek asylum.” 

Reed added that her volunteer program with the legal center provided Spanish documents to the migrant families, but they couldn’t under that either.

“Simple translation is not enough,” she wrote. “The Dilley Pro Bono Project provides documents in Spanish, but even this paperwork was difficult for many migrant women to understand. Many women I helped to fill out paperwork struggled simply to write their children’s birth dates.”

The migrant families are being rushed within the court and legal process, which in turn, is causing deportation to happen a lot faster.

Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reported that the haste paperwork at the border made it possible for immigration officials to rush and deport undocumented immigrants. The ACLU stated this process should not be rushed because people need to take their time and understand what is going on and what it is that they’re signing. 

“This waiting period is crucial to ensure that parents have an opportunity to make an informed decision about whether to fight their own removal cases, leave their children (who may have their own asylum claims) behind in the United States, or make some other decision,” the ACLU stated lasted year. “In short, families will be making life-altering decisions after months of traumatic separation — and the fact that the government is trying to shortchange them a matter of days to do so is galling.”

A New York Times report showed that 58,000 asylum seekers are currently stuck in Mexico under Trump’s policy because they’re awaiting asylum hearings.

The backlog for these asylum hearings is up to six to eight months, and when they’re ready for their hearing the majority of them won’t understand what needs to be done. This is why they need proper representation, and a patient legal system so they comprehend what is being asked of them and what the next steps are. 

What makes this matter even worse is that there’s not enough legal representation for each family unit, or individual, at the border. 

Last year, it was very apparent that there were not enough lawyers or legal help for undocumented immigrants at the border, and this year there’s even more undocumented people awaiting help and attempting to seek asylum. There people like Reed who want to help asylum seekers, but it’s not as easy as they might think. 

“People see the crisis happening, and they want to do something right now, which is great. But when we explain that this is a long-term fight, and we need your long-term commitment. That’s when people sort of back off.” Zenén Jaimes Pérez, the communications director at the Texas Civil Rights Project, told Huffington Post last year. 

If, however, you are willing to put in the time, or you’re interested in learning more about how you can provide legal help, or assist legal teams at the border, please reach out to: the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (“ProBAR”); the Immigration Justice Project (“IJP”); the ACLU of Texas; and RAICES.

READ: Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

She Went Viral For Insulting The Food In A Mexican Migrant Shelther, Now Lady Frijoles Is A Celebrity Back In Honduras

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She Went Viral For Insulting The Food In A Mexican Migrant Shelther, Now Lady Frijoles Is A Celebrity Back In Honduras

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On November 2018, Miriam Zelaya became a viral sensation after she criticized the food she was given while waiting for asylum in Mexico. Zelaya was nicknamed Lady Frijoles after making comments about the beans served to her, claiming that it was food for pigs. Embarrassed, she later apologized publicly to the Mexican public for the statements she made. 

The story of Lady Frijoles has taken an interesting turn. 

On March 2019, Zelaya was detained with her sister, Mirna Zelaya, for a violent altercation that occured between them and Alba Escobar, the woman they were living with. The fight took place after Escobar blamed Zelaya and Mirna for the loss of her job. The two sisters were accused of assaulting Escobar with a the butt of a knife and chair; they were detained that same night. 

After being held in jail for almost four months, Zelaya pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in court. As a result, she received four years of probation and was deported to her home country of Honduras. 

While Zelaya was in jail, her daughters were cared for by close friends and family. 

This week, Lady Frijoles was welcomed back in Honduras like a celebrity.

With only three days of being back in Honduras, Zelaya has been greeted by the media with style; she was even invited to appear on television. 

On the Honduran channel, Q’huboTV, Zelaya gives her version of the night she and her sister got arrested. According to most American media outlets, the dispute was only between the Zelaya sisters and Escobar. However, Zelaya tells a very different story that involves Escobar’s husband Mirna’s son. 

In her interview, Zelaya states that the reason the argument became physical was because Escobar pushed Mirna’s son. She affirms that neither she or her sister grabbed a chair to hurt Escobar, as most news publications have reported, saying that “I can lie to you all, but I will never lie to God.” Instead, it was Escobar who threw the chair at Mirna, which bounced back when Mirna lifted her arms to shield herself, causing Escobar to begin to bleed due to the impact. 

Zelaya refutes every word said about her on other sources, saying that there wasn’t a knife involved in the argument. Rather, Escobar gave the police the knife from her cabinet and claimed that she was assaulted with it. Miriam also clarifies that she was not as involved in the physical fight as the media claims she was. The only reason she got wrapped up in the situation was because Escobar was jealous of Miriam.

“I declared myself guilty more so for my daughters. I was scared that the state was going to take them away and I was going to lose them.”

After being able to meet with a judge to discuss her deportation, the judge let Zelaya know that she was able to fight for her stay in the country, if she could provide herself with a lawyer and the money to post bail. Zelaya responded that she did not have the money to cover the costs because of her lack of resources. The judge then offered to waive the cost of bail, but she must still find a lawyer to defend her. In the end, Miriam accepted her deportation because of her insufficient funds. 

During the programming, Q’huboTV opened up the line for calls directed to Lady Frijoles. Miriam received a lot of mixed reactions. For instance, one caller asked why Miriam would put the lives of her daughters at risk during the long journey from Honduras to the United States. Others tried to debunk all the statements Miriam had said about her case against Escobar. However, many welcomed Miriam back to Honduras and wished her good luck on her journey moving forward. 

On Q’huboTV, Miriam received plenty of support from the network.

For example, the opportunity to provide her daughter with glasses at no cost. Moreover, on live television the general manager of QhuboTV, Mario “Chano” Rivera, officially announced Miriam as a new host of show called “Las Doñas.”

To end the show, Miriam expressed how her fame helped her, but also impacted her negatively, “I never expected to have a job or help for my daughter.”

During a later episode, many viewers were upset about the fact that Miriam received a job offer with Q’huboTV due to her lack of experience and education in the field of media and communications. Both Alicia and Alejandra, Q’huboTV announcers, came to the defense of Miriam and stated that people should not be envious of Miriam or try to not tear her down. They invited Miriam because she is a star due to her fame. 

Either way, Miriam is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be part of the QhuboTV family.