Benefits of Exercise

Simply put, exercise helps you stay healthy. The fact is, your body needs to move, and a few minutes a day is all it takes to stay in shape and reduce your risk of disease. Not only will exercise keep you healthy, it will also improve your quality of life today, and in the future. 

Benefits of exercise 


• Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by improving your cholesterol levels. Increases your level of good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) and reduces your level of bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and triglycerides. 

• Improves posture and balance. 

• Reduces loss of bone density, thereby reducing the risk of osteoporosis. 

• Helps manage stress. 

• Relieves anxiety and depression. 

• Helps reduce blood pressure. 

• Helps control diabetes. 

• Develops muscle and bone strength. 

• Speeds up the healing process. 

• Boosts energy or increases energy levels. 

• Reduces muscle aches and pains. 

• Helps maintain healthy weight by reducing appetite, thereby helping fight obesity. 

• Increased metabolism which helps your body burn more calories, even at rest. Exercise thereby helps you burn calories, burn fat and build muscle mass. 

• Helps preserve mobility, allowing you to remain self-reliant. Improved self-image, self-confidence and overall well-being. 

• Helps prevent falls, improves balance, endurance, coordination and joint flexibility. 

• Improves mood. 


The benefits of exercise on health are impressive. And, the most important thing to keep in mind is that even the smallest action can make a big difference! 

Exercising... Everyday

Exercise should be part of your everyday activities. All you need to do is make it part of your routine. And, you don’t need to spend a dime either! Any form of physical activity is good, no matter how moderate! 

• Take the stairs instead of the elevator. 

• Walk whenever you can—get off the bus one stop earlier, park your car a little farther, take a walk around the block during your break, walk your dog, etc. 

• Dance, bike, play ball. 

• Do the housework: vacuum or wash the floors and use it as an opportunity to do some stretching. 

• Do simple exercises at work or while reading or watching TV: contract your abdominal muscles or buttocks, for example. 

• Use the speaker function while talking on the phone and do stretching exercises. 

• Do some gardening, mow the lawn, rake the leaves, or work outdoors. 

• Do workouts on TV at your own pace. 

• Plan physical activity with friends. 

Before starting any exercise program, talk to your doctor. He can advise you on the type of physical activity that is best for your health condition.

 

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