The benefits of exercise

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If you’re not a regular exerciser hopefully this article will be able to convince you to get started. First and foremost, exercise is crucial to your health.

So many conditions and diseases can be improved and prevented through regular exercise. Regular exercise helps keep your cardiovascular system in good working order. Exercise lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, improves your chances of surviving if you have heart problems, and lowers blood pressure.

Exercise increases insulin sensitivity. This means that the pancreas doesn’t have to work as hard every time we eat. Less load on the pancreas means it’s less likely to pack it in. Increased insulin sensitivity means the body can more effectively control blood sugar levels, which helps in the prevention and management of diabetes.

Exercise has also been linked with better outcomes in cancer patients.

Exercise has great effects on the musculoskeletal system. Exercise can increase muscle mass, decrease body fat, increase bone density. It can strengthen tendons and ligaments. Bone density is important for preventing osteoporosis. It is also great for maintaining strength and balance in the elderly population. If you don’t exercise as you age your bone density decreases and you can lose your strength and balance. This makes you a prime candidate for a fall, which is bad news, especially if your bones aren’t as strong as they used to be.

But exercise is not just for the elderly. From a musculoskeletal point of view, it is great for any age group; improving body composition, enhancing movement efficiency, and avoiding things like back pain, knee and ankle problems.

Exercise is a large part of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Diet is a major part of a healthy lifestyle and in the prevention of disease but you cannot forget the importance of exercise. A healthy weight not only looks great, but can help avoid cardiovascular disease, diabetes and wear and tear on the joints.

As far as mental health goes exercise could be one of the best things you could do. A good walk is great to clear your head. It can help with depression and it can be a great stress reliever.

Exercise releases endorphins which can give you a natural high. Just another great reason to get out there and do some exercise.

Exercise is magnificent. It can help your mental function, relieve stress, increase your confidence & self esteem, improve your appearance, help maintain a healthy weight, helps keep you free of disease, make you live longer and improve your quality of life. Why wouldn’t you want to start exercising regularly?. Do it today!.

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