Benefits of Exercising

Inactivity is a leading risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, and regular physical activity is vital to decrease this risk. There are several different aspects to consider when developing a comprehensive fitness program. An ideal exercise program should include daily physical activity and regular aerobic activity, strength training and stretching. Each component provides various benefits to the body as listed below.  

Benefits of aerobic exercise:

  • Reduces risk of dying prematurely
  • Reduces risk for heart attack, and some types of cancer (greatest impact on colon cancer)
  • Helps prevent or manage high blood pressure
  • Decreases triglycerides
  • Increases HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Helps control or prevent diabetes
  • Helps with smoking cessation
  • Helps to decrease body weight and keep it under control
  • Improves muscle endurance
  • Improves blood circulation throughout the body
  • Helps to manage stress and relieve tension
  • Helps to counter anxiety and depression
  • Increases energy level
  • Improves your sense of well-being
  • Improves ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well

Benefits of strength training:

  • Increases strength of tendons, ligaments, bone and muscles
  • Decreases risk of injury
  • Decreases risk of osteoporosis
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Increases basal metabolic rate (burn more calories at rest)
  • Improves quality of life as daily routines become less taxing

Benefits of stretching:

  • Reduces muscle tension and increases relaxation
  • Improves ease of movement
  • Improves coordination through greater ease of movement
  • Increases range of motion
  • Decreases risk of injury
  • Improves circulation
  • Smoother muscle contractions
  • Decreases soreness from other activities
  • Greater development of body awareness

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