MIRA! (“LOOK!” in Spanish) incorporates some of the best elements of aerobic exercise, simple Latin dance steps, and resistance exercise. This creates a unique blend of both cardio exercise and muscle toning. In our PraiseMoves® workouts, the most important thing is the Word of God we meditate upon or speak aloud while we exercise. It is similar in MIRA!
Whenever we refer to “the Word” in PraiseMoves or in MIRA!, we are referring to God’s Word in the Bible (see John 1:1 and 1:14).
Without the Word, MIRA! is just movement. With the Word, MIRA! is a celebration of praise to the Lord. While PraiseMoves lends itself to quiet, contemplative praise and worship, there are more opportunities for jubilant praise in MIRA!
What Mira Can Do For Your Health
According to the Mayo Clinic, regardless of age, weight or athletic ability, aerobic activity is good for you. As your body adapts to regular aerobic exercise, you'll get stronger and fitter. Consider the following 10 ways that aerobic activity can help you feel better and enjoy life to the fullest. Aerobic activity in MIRA! can help you:
- Keep excess pounds at bay
Combined with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise helps you lose weight — and keep it off.
- Increase your stamina
Aerobic exercise may make you tired in the short term. But over the long term, you'll enjoy increased stamina and reduced fatigue.
- Ward off viral illnesses
Aerobic exercise activates your immune system. This leaves you less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, such as colds and flu.
- Reduce your health risks
Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of many conditions, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer. Weight-bearing aerobic exercises, such as walking, reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Manage chronic conditions
Aerobic exercise helps lower high blood pressure and control blood sugar. If you've had a heart attack, aerobic exercise helps prevent subsequent attacks.
- Strengthen your heart
A stronger heart doesn't need to beat as fast. A stronger heart also pumps blood more efficiently, which improves blood flow to all parts of your body.
- Keep your arteries clear
Aerobic exercise boosts your high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good") cholesterol and lowers your low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol. The potential result? Less buildup of plaques in your arteries.
- Boost your mood
Aerobic exercise can ease the gloominess of depression, reduce the tension associated with anxiety and promote relaxation.
- Stay active and independent as you age
Aerobic exercise keeps your muscles strong, which can help you maintain mobility as you get older. Aerobic exercise also keeps your mind sharp. At least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three days a week seems to reduce cognitive decline in older adults.
10. Live longer
Studies show that people who participate in regular aerobic exercise live longer than those who don't exercise regularly.