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Protip: When using a public campground, a tuba placed on your picnic table will keep the campsites on either side vacant.
Your heart is a muscle, and just like any muscle it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. Even taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day can make a big difference to your overall health. Once you get into the grove of things you’ll find it starts paying off. People who don't exercise are almost twice as likely to get heart disease as people who are active. No matter the age, it is never too late to start.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that regular aerobic exercise boosts the size of your hippocampus. It is the portion of your brain that takes part in verbal memory and learning. Resistance training, balance and muscle toning exercises did not have the same results!
A study at the University of Georgia found that inactive and otherwise healthy adults who spent as little as twenty minutes of low to medium exercise for three days a week, for six consecutive weeks, reported feeling more energized and less fatigued. The benefits just keep piling up!
Dopamine is a chemical in our brain that when released, supplies us with the feelings of pleasure and happiness. Many studies suggest that as we age, our dopamine levels slowly diminish. This is why we need to constantly seek out experiences that release dopamine. Exercise is one of the best dopamine producers out there, so get out there, enjoy the fresh air, and throw on the best smile you got!