The Many Benefits Of Exercise

There are many benefits given for exercising or movements and research from past decades shows the physical deterioration and lack of function that associates with aging in large part due to a sedentary lifestyle. As the saying goes, “use it or lose it.” Americans are losing it based on the lack of physical exercise, and as a result they are gaining weight. All of this ushers in an increased incidence of degenerative disease as people age; including heart disease, breast, colon and other forms of cancer, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, obesity and arthritis.

However, the good news is that it is never too late to do something about it. Research at Tufts University has shown that people in their 80s and even 90s can benefit from exercise similar to those seen in young men and women. This tells us that age is not an issue and no one should lose hope of reinventing youthful levels of fitness and vitality.

Getting regular physical activity plays a major role in reducing heart disease risks. Physical activity can help you reach and stay at a healthy weight. It can lower blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. Another major benefit of physical activity is the lowering stress levels, a factor of heart disease.

The Many Benefits of Exercise

Exercise not only gives us a better body shape, but it also provides many health benefits that allow us to live longer and a more active life. It has a direct influence on insulin and sarcopenia (age related loss of muscle) that is important to healthy living and lifestyle.

Here are some benefits:

  • Increases your body’s metabolic rate so that you burn more calories, even after you’ve stopped exercising.
  • Increases your body’s percent of lean muscle versus percent of body fat. The reason for this lean muscle is metabolically more active, the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn, even when you are resting.
  • Improves your insulin sensitivity and blood sugar handling.
  • Lowers your cholesterol levels.
  • Lowers your risk of the most common chronic diseases.
  • Increases your energy and vitality.
  • Improves your quality of sleep.
  • Reduces stress and tension.
  • Elevates your mood and increases your mental capacity.

How much Activity is needed

Any activity is better than none. However, it is recommended to aim for 30 to 60 minutes of activity per day. If you cannot fit exercise into one block of time, you can break it up into shorter bouts of 10 to 15 minutes at a time dependent on your schedule and gradually increase your activity level.

Physical activity is movement

You can achieve your physical activity through moving your body. These activities fit well into body movement:

Dancing

Dance to your favorite sound track to strengthen your heart muscles.

Gardening

If you enjoy it then plan one and make it – bending, walking, stooping over, digging, raking are all movements that engage different muscle groups and parts of the body and contribute to movements.

Shopping, going to work and walking the dog

When you go shopping or to work, park the car a little distance further from the entrance or better yet, take the stairway. Taking your dog out for a walk is also an activity that counts toward your total time activity

Bike Riding

Hop on your bike and pedal away. It is a great activity and one that can be done for a lifetime.

Watch & Tone

While watching your favorite television show, you can use hand weights or resistance bands to do stretching movements or biceps or triceps curls. Getting regular physical activity is the key to a healthy lifestyle. All you need to do is to fit it in your schedule and do it regularly three to five times per week.

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