Health Benefits of Exercise
Feel Fit and Energized With Regular Physical Activity
The health benefits of exercise are far-reaching. Fitness is defined as being in the state of general psychological and
physical well-being - the result of combining regular exercise with
This lifestyle combination is the most effective way to improve
your chances of staying healthy and living longer.
Conversely, an inactive lifestyle increases your chances of becoming overweight and predisposed to developing one or more of several chronic degenerative diseases.
What Is The Difference Between
Exercise and Physical Activity?
Physical activity is any active movement that uses energy. This includes gardening, house and yard work, or
walking the dog.
Exercise is a more structured physical activity that is done for a particular length of time and at a certain intensity. It includes aerobic activities like brisk walking, cycling, dancing, swimming, playing sports, and doing strength training such as weight lifting.
The health benefits of exercise and physical activity are obtained by increasing the amount of the activity you do and performing the activities regularly.
What Are The Health Benefits of Exercise?
- Improves muscle tone and increases muscle mass while burning fat
- Helps with weight management by reducing body fat, increasing metabolism, and burning
- Stimulates brain chemicals such as endorphins to promote a psychological sense of well-being
- Acts as a stress management tool by reducing the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, to healthier
- Improves the production of mood-altering brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters which reduces symptoms of
depression and anxiety
- Reduces the risk of and helps manage cardiovascular disease
- Lowers blood pressure in people who already have high blood
- Boosts HDL (good) cholesterol while decreasing LDL (bad)
- Lowers the risk of stroke by reducing the buildup of plaque in the
arteries. Helps with stroke recovery by promoting new blood vessel growth in the brain - which helps protect against the extensive damage that normally occurs following stroke.
- Strengthens the heart muscle which improves blood flow and
increases the work capacity of your heart
Weight bearing exercise reduces the risk of osteoporosis by helping to maintain and build bone mass
Helps prevent type 2 diabetes by assisting with weight loss - which can increase insulin sensitivity and
improve blood sugar levels
Reduces the risk of arthritis - helps to maintain joint flexibility and lubrication
Muscle strengthening and flexibility exercises decrease back pain
Helps protect against certain types of cancer, including breast cancer and colon cancer
Nourishes body tissues by delivering oxygen and nutrients to each of the trillion cells in our body
Accelerates the detoxification process through increased lymph circulation, sweating, deep breathing, and burning fat cells that store toxins.
Improves sleep patterns and reduces insomnia - can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep
Enhances healthy brain function by increasing cerebral blood flow and levels of a brain-cell growth
hormone; helps generate new brain cells and regenerates damaged brain circuits - even as we age; improves our
ability to think, learn and remember
May help prevent or slow the progression of brain diseases such as Parkinson's or