Doing any form of aerobics workout regularly boosts moods, clears our minds, and builds armor against age related cognitive decline.  It strengthens the body, heart, and lungs too.  There are so many other benefits that come from aerobics exercise including changing the makeup of microbes in our gut.  There was a research in November conducted by Jeffrey Woods, a University of Illinois professor of kinesiology and community health, which studied the effects exercise, has on the gut.

The study looked at 32 lean and obese women who had been inactive before the study.  For three days a week, for six weeks, the women either cycled, walked or ran on a treadmill, or used an elliptical.  The participants started with a moderate workout consisting of 30 minutes and worked up to a vigorous one hour workout by the time the study finished.  Most of the women chose the treadmill

After their six week workout schedule, the women in the study were instructed to go back to their normal lifestyle for another month and a half.

Researchers looked at the microbes in participant’s guts using fecal samples immediately after their exercise program, and again after six weeks of not working out.  Researchers found out that after weeks of exercise the participant’s levels of butyrate, a type of fatty acid that helps are guts stay healthy by keeping inflammation low and producing energy, went up.

"The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise," Woods said. "We have more work to do to determine why that is."

Overall, it is proven that cardio provides so many benefits to the human body.  Just a little bit of walking, running, and activity boosts endorphins, clears your mind, and keeps your gut happy.



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