- lowers total blood cholesterol
- lowers the risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and many forms of cancer
- helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have hypertension
- helps older adults become stronger, improves mobility and cognitive function, and decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- preserves bone density while improving muscle mass, strength, and balance for women with osteoporosis
- improves mood, energy and sense of well-being
- helps relieve stress and symptoms of depression and anxiety
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular exercise provides these benefits:
John Preston, PsyD, Psychology, answeredRegular exercise has multiple benefits for everyone, including lower risk for heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes and improved joint and muscular functioning. Exercise improves your mood and brain function, and helps you get enough sleep. Also, a routine exercise program can minimize the weight-gain side effects of some medications.
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Regular exercise is good for improving cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, boosting energy and mood, and keeping your body (and mind) strong and healthy. So if you aren't already a regular exerciser, work with your doctor or an exercise physiologist to develop an action plan that'll get you moving. You may need to start slowly and build up -- but that's fine.
Vonda Wright, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredAfter several months of regular exercise, you will definitely be noticing changes in your body. Exercises will seem easier, your clothes will fit differently, and you will have more stamina for daily activity. You may notice, however, that while you were caring for your body, your brain is thinking more clearly, you are solving problems more easily (probably during your aerobic workouts), and you will feel the bliss of accomplishment.
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Heather Campbell, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredThe benefits of regular moderate exercise are too numerous to list, but I will site the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and touch on a few important ones.
Moderate exercises like walking or jogging may improve heart and lung function, increase endurance, mobility, improve bone density and weight control or loss from a consistent calorie burn.
Performing exercises using a combination of movements in differrent planes of motion, like forward and back, side-to-side and safely rotating, will increase muscular control and reactivity. These exercises simulate movements that you may experience in everyday life, like shoveling snow, picking up a child or moving quickly to avoid something. Otherwise, such movements could possibly result in pain or injury.
Exercises that focus on flexibility, good posture, internal balance and stability will strengthen stabilizing muscles that become weak with age and lack of use, improve posture helping prevent neck or back pain, decrease potential for muscular injuries, relieve tightness, and alleviate some types of muscle pain.
Mental health benefits may result. Exercise fosters a sense of well-being, may even alleviate stress, and focus the mind.
Lastly, good health and longevity are priceless benefits to regular exercise. I imagine all the benefits above factor into these.
The results of not exercising.
The phrase "use it or lose it" is true. If a person is typically sedentary and is faced with having to balance, react, climb stairs, chase a grandchild, slip on ice or any other obstacle in life, they are suddenly presented the results of not exercising: strain, injury, soreness, exhaustion, lack of muscular reaction and control, immobility, and the list goes on. Think of that in terms of health care costs.
Exercising regularly will prevent the following: atrophy (losing muscle mass), loss of balance, skeletal pain from lack of use, injury from lack of flexibility, improper movement habits and so much more. Regular exercise will keep you on your toes to stay strong, balanced and agile!
The benefits of regular exercise far outweigh the latter!
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
The health benefits of consistentphysical activity are broad and numerous. Regular moderate exercise can dramatically improve your health and dramatically reduce your risk of developing many diseases over the course of your lifetime. Studies show that regardless of gender and ethnicity and body mass index (BMI) that people who engage in regular moderate physical activity live longer, have lower rates of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, lung cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, depression, Alzheimer’s, dementia, osteoporosis, Sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass and strength), and loss of mobility.
Studies have routinely shown that regular exercise slows the aging process by increasing production of testosterone and growth hormone, people who exercise regularly sleep better and longer, have a greater sense of well being, improved mood, are less prone to depression. Regular exercise is probably the single most beneficial thing a person can do to improve their health and decrease their risk of developing disease over their lifetime. The more exercise a person gets the greater the benefits.
Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD, Healthcare, answered
Moderate exercise can act as nature's tranquilizer, helping to boost serotonin (the calming neurotransmitter) in the brain. Studies have shown that exercise also triggers the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are known to boost alertness. For those who feel "stressed out" frequently, exercise will help to desensitize your body to stress. Other benefits of moderate exercise include:
- Improves sense of well-being
- Strengthens bones
- Strengthens muscles
- Gives range-of-motion to painful muscles and joints
- Increases aerobic capacity
- Improves quality of sleep
- Stimulates growth hormone secretion
- Burns calories and makes weight control easier
- Increases cardiovascular health
- Reduces anxiety levels and depression
- Secretes endorphins or "happy hormones"
- Improves outlook on life
- Relieves stress associated with a chronic disease
- Increases energy
- Places the responsibility of healing in the hands of the person.
Michelle Cleere - Sharecare Fitness Expert, PhD, Psychology, answeredThere are many psychological pros to exercise. The research states that exercise provides an enhanced mood (feeling more positive and better able to deal with situations that come up), more clear thought process (the ability to think more quickly and make better decisions), better sleep (falling asleep more quickly, longer periods of deep sleep and feeling more refreshed in the morning), reduced stress (things are less stressful and dealt with in a less stressful way), less anxiety (situations are less anxiety provoking and anxiety is dealt with in a more efficient way)and improves levels of depression (exercise improves mood alleviating one of the top symptoms).
Heart and lung fitness is the most important health reason for regular exercise. But regular exercise can also help you to:
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- lose weight or maintain a desirable weight
- control blood cholesterol, blood pressure, or diabetes
- improve your mental outlook and physical endurance
- reduce stress