Bollywood films get a lot of stick from the general public and critics alike for being a departure from reality, and for good reason. However, there are times when Bollywood gets it spot on. In recent years, there has been a spate of sports-focus movies that have been worth the watch. And if there’s one thing that people get really nit-picky about, it’s sports. As a result, much is invested in creating as realistic a script as possible and it’s best reflected in the training montages and exercise scenes which make up the bulk of most sports movies. So if you’re looking for #FitSPiration, your search can end here. Remember this iconic song from everyone’s favourite sports movie that also managed to bring Shah Rukh Khan’s career back on track? If there was one thing we learned from the girls in Chak De, it was that there’s no such thing as having too much stamina. Here we’re examining the role of conditioning through cardiovascular exercises.

Beat your Genes

The biggest advantage of regular cardiovascular exercise is the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. And as Indians, any help we can get in fending off cardiovascular issues is greatly appreciated. Even if you’re young and not particularly concerned about your health, it’s important to remember that regular cardio exercise reduces your future risk of contracting a heart-related health problem. You know what they – better safe than sorry. Apart from this obvious health benefit, there’s one other major Indian killer that’s effectively dealt with through exercise - diabetes. Controlling the hereditary disease is made easier through regular exercise, along with a proper diet and an overall healthy lifestyle.

Stay Lean and Mean

Look at the young women in the video. They have achieved elite levels of fitness. As an athlete, you can’t afford to be carrying around any extra weight and there’s no better way to burn through the calories and stay trim and fit than cardio. Cardio is an aerobic activity, which is perfect for burning that stubborn fat. Choose from running, walking, cycling or even rowing – with cardio the possibilities are many. And even if you’re at your ideal weight, but you still want a way to stay in shape, then cardio is the easiest and most easily accessible form of exercise there is. Pair it up with a proper diet and you’ll be keeping that fat off your waist for good.

Find Your Zen

It’s not all just about physicality with cardio though. If you’re looking for a simple way to stress-bust, look no further than the closest running track. Cardio has been proved to be extremely beneficial for your mental health in the long term. Stress reduction, endorphin release, improved self-confidence, memory and creativity boosts, prevention of mental degeneration with age – these just some of the mental health benefits of regular cardio exercise. In today’s hectic world, we should be grabbing at any chance to boost our inner peace. And if all it takes to do that is by walking for a few minutes every day then, hey, why not, right?

Stick Around Longer

As you grow older, your body begins to give up on you. It’s just a sad fact of life and something we all have to come to terms with eventually. However, the process can be delayed significantly through regular exercise. Establishing a fitness routine – cardio being the simplest thing you can keep doing well into your twilight years – will go a long way towards ensuring that you stay out of bed and on your feet for years to come. Besides, if SRK can look as good as he does at the age that he is, perhaps there’s more to this exercise thing than we all like to think.

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