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Kick up the Cardio


SEE Tip:  Cardiovascular fitness, things like running, swimming, biking, or working out on the elliptical, are crucial components to a healthier self.  It is recommended that we get about 30 minutes a day, about 5 times a week, or at least 120 minutes of cardio in to maintain fitness levels.  Doing so can help reduce cholesterol concerns, improve muscle mass, and overall heart health.  Not only does cardio improve the body physically, it can also boost mood, ease anxiety, and help relieve stress.

Get a taste of cardio at the SEE for yourself tabling on the Breezeway from 10:30am-1pm today.  Or if you're ready for a real cardio session, come to Bollywood Zumba tonight at 8:30pm in Charles Commons Ballroom!  Have fun, get your cardio in, and get some freebies!

HKB Tip:  Even social smoking can have effects on health.  There is no determined "safe amount" of smoking, and we also know how addictive smoking is-- likely leading social smokers to become hooked.  If you or someone you know is a social smoker, consider quitting completely to avoid any further chances for addiction.  If quitting becomes difficult, know that there are resources to help.

Mellow Out Monday Tip:  Looking for a way to relieve stress?  Cardio exercise has proven to do just that.  Through the release of endorphins, a person's mood is elevated and stress is reduced.  Try going for a brisk walk or run or check out Bollywood Zumba tonight at 8:30 in Charles Commons.  Get your heart rate up and your stress levels down!

Want more stress relief?  Stop by the Stressbusters on Q-level in the MSE for a free back rub tonight starting at 8pm.  Back rubs are 5-7 minutes, free, and fantastic-- so why not stop by?!