Benefits of Regular Exercise

Benefits of Regular Exercise

Benefits of Regular Exercise

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    Exercise has been shown to have several positive effects on the body. First exercise will increase blood flow to the brain, providing the brain with essential nutrients such as glucose and oxygen.
    Abnormal glucose tolerance can lead to brain impairments, and exercise helps regulate blood sugar levels. In children, exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function, and improve motor skill development. In adults, especially as we age, regular physical activity increases memory and slows the aging process of the brain. Studies show that very active people who engage regularly physical activities have much lower rates of memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s and do better on cognitive function tests over time.

    Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for the overall health of your body. Participation in physical activity improves several body functions. These include: weight control, decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, decreased risk of diabetes, reduced risk of cancer, improved strength of bones and muscle, enhanced emotional status, decreases the natural degenerative changes that come with aging, and increases your chances to live longer.  

    Lastly, physical activity is the best way to boost energy levels. Regular physical activity increases the blood flow will allow more oxygen to get to the body providing energy to do work. Regular physical activity also increases production of vital hormones such as thyroid-stimulating hormone, testosterone, human growth hormone, and catecholamines, all of which help increase your metabolism and give you more energy. Regular physical activity also makes you more efficient at utilizing your body’s stores of fat and sugar for fuel, which allows you to burn them for energy and also helps regulate blood sugar levels and prevent the peaks and valleys that can cause fatigue.

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    Strenuous exercise may stop cellular death. The body's cells are programmed to kill themselves (known as "apoptosis"), but a study of marathon runners found that the exercise kept the body's cells from killing themselves as they're programmed to do. The researchers believe that intense exercise modulates expression of key proteins that affect cell life.
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    Playing at anaerobic levels is a great way to get in peak shape. It doesn’t do anything for longevity, or probably for overall health, but it’s great for vim, vigor and pure fitness. Don’t bother with it until you get into pretty good basic shape, then add in interval training a couple of times a week.
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    When your Exercise Program is in tune, often the rest of your life follows...Exercise is a great way to add both structure and happiness to your life!
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    Through vigorous exercise -- whether it's aerobics classes, swimming, jogging, tennis, or anything else that makes you break a sweat and causes your heart to beat faster - you can make your RealAge (physiologic age) younger. These exercises strengthen your heart, arteries, and lungs, and delays -- and may even reverse -- arterial and immune system aging, and stress-induced aging. Physical activity also decreases the risk that minor depressions and mental illness will turn into major disabilities. Exercises that cause you to sweat twenty-one minutes at a time have a double benefit: They not only count toward the sixty-three minutes of stamina exercise required per week for optimum Age Reduction but also burn extra calories toward your goal of 3,500 kilocalories expended per week. Stamina exercises can make your RealAge as much as or even more than 6.4 years younger. Do exercises such as elliptical trainer or exercise bike that do not involve as much up-and-down pounding as running and you'll increase your odds that osteoarthritis will not keep you from continuing your age reduction plan.
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    There are plenty of benefits to working out with friends and family. It provides an extra ounce of encouragement and motivation when working out together. These are people with whom you’re already comfortable and have an established rapport. This takes the pressure away from performing, and perceived embarrassment away from making mistakes.  

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    What are benefits of exercise if I have heart disease?
    If you have heart disease, exercise is key; it helps keep blood pressure, cholesterol and weight down, and also prevents diabetes. Watch cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, explain the healthy benefits of exercise for those with heart disease.
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    Physical activity is recommended for all age groups. Regular physical exercise has beneficial effects on the lipid profile by reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol) and triglycerides and increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol ("good" cholesterol). Taking part in physical activity can reduce blood pressure and reduces the risk of being overweight, developing type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.
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    Exercise happens to be one of the very best ways to reduce stress. Stress causes your body to build up extra energy, preparing it for fight or flight (whereby the body primes itself to respond successfully to a dangerous situation). Exercise burns energy and reduces your stress levels. Exercise metabolizes stress hormones in your blood and increases levels of your body's built-in anti-anxiety hormones, making you feel calmer. Exercise can make you more efficient and energetic, so that you feel less overwhelmed by the stresses you do face. For example, just walking regularly can increase the level of beta-endorphins and brain-derived neurotrophic factors (both groups are neurotransmitters or hormones that help the body feel pleasure or increase memory) in the brain, decrease anxiety and tension, and elevate one's mood. In addition, all exercise (but especially aerobic exercise) helps divert energy from worrying and anxiety.
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    The power of exercise in reducing stress is well known. But here's something you might not have known: exercise makes your blood circulate more quickly, transporting the stress hormone (and fat-friendly) cortisol to your kidneys and flushing it out of your system. Remember, cortisol encourages your body to store fat -- especially visceral fat -- that releases fatty acids into your blood, raising cholesterol and insulin levels and paving the way for heart disease and diabetes. One study found that 18 minutes of walking three times per week can quickly lower the hormone's levels by 15 percent!
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