Benefits of Regular Exercise

Benefits of Regular Exercise

Benefits of Regular Exercise

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    Physical activity helps prevent loss of gray matter and promotes the growth of neurons that process thoughts and shuttle memories. Walking for 15 minutes every day is good; 30 minutes six days a week is even better. What's best, however, is to walk 10,000 steps a day.
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    Exercise has significant emotional benefits: It helps ease depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders. Depression is a widespread, though often undiagnosed, problem among older people. Doctors have known for years that exercise, particularly when done in a social environment, helps relieve clinical depression. Exercise also reduces anxiety disorders and improves mental health in other ways. Even for those who have not been diagnosed as having a mental health problem, exercise is a known mood lifter, and those who exercise feel happier and more upbeat.
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    You betcha.  And you’ll feel even better if you exercise with a friend.  Your body naturally produces feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins after you exercise.  This phenomenon is typically referred to as a runner’s high.  And don’t worry, you don’t have to run to experience it—it happens after any exercise, but it isn’t just your feeling good about yourself for exercise…that is an additional benefit—positive self image.  However, runner’s high doesn’t last forever, so if you’ve worked your body hard or done certain exercises that worked muscles you’re not used to working, you might be sore, which definitely doesn’t feel as good as the “high”, but if you get your partner to give you a massage, you can get those endorphins flowing all over again.
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    Exercise is absolutely beneficial for reduction of anxiety and stress. An article posted in the July 11, 2011 Health section of the New York Times cites several research articles, which show why exercise makes us feel good. Many other research studies have shown that exercise can actually reduce stress.  

    Exercise has been shown to decrease resting heart rate, reduce blood pressure, reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, all of which help to decrease the physiological causes of stress in the body. Exercise has also been shown to release endorphins and catecholamines, which are “feel good” hormones that also help reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being.  

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    This type of exercise, which raises your heart rate, helps to strengthen your heart, which is actually a muscle. A new study suggests that you still get maximal benefits from aerobic exercise, even if you do it on the same day as weight training exercise, and vice versa. Aerobic or cardiovascular exercise also:
    • Boosts your mood
    • Boosts your memory
    • May reduce your risk of “catching’ a cold or other upper respiratory infections
    • Fights disease and reduces metabolic problems, lowering the risk of diseases like cancers and diabetes
    Just 30 minutes a day can confer some of these benefits. More is better up to a point. Most experts feel that an hour a day of moderate intensity aerobic exercise will offer maximal health benefits and also help you to lose weight or maintain your goal weight.
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    Studies show that exercise increases the production of neurotransmitters, the chemical signals between nerves in the brain. Exercise also improves the pliability of the brain and its’ ability to make new connections from learning new material. Studies also show that exercise can delay the effects of aging on the brain and can even decrease the risk of developing plaque formations on the brain that can cause diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Studies show that the brains of regularly active older people have greater activity and fewer declines in function than sedentary people.
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    Exercise can help prevent muscular atrophy because the injuries will heal faster if the muscles are activated. The neuromuscular contraction allows faster recovery by engaging all muscle fibers when activated. Use it or lose it applies to muscles after an injury. The cells in the muscle shrink fast if not used. Physical therapy exercises are great when used properly to help faster recovery in conditions when muscles get weak. Conditions like hemiplegia due to stroke, or simple conditions like urinary incontinence due to weakness of the pelvic floor muscles will benefit from strengthening exercises.

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     Supersetting your exercises can make you stronger. Supersetting involves combining two different exercises with no rest between sessions. An example would be performing a squat followed immediately by a step-up. This type of training is especially popular with body builders.
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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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    When you start an exercise program. Whether it be for weight loss or to increase your  health. I have found that most people feel better mentally and physically. Whether it is the fact that you have made a decision to live a healthier lifestyle. Or the fact that you have started to move around and you know that this is going to help you to feel better. Either way, your mental state of mind should improve significantly. 

         Seeing your body responding to a fitness and nutrition program is amazing to watch. Visually watching your pants fitting better is a great mental lift to your state of mind. Also on the reverse side. Sitting on your couch, watching TV and doing nothing gets you in a state of "poor me". Feeling sorry for yourself and in a depressed state mentally. So make sure you MOVE. It is the most important word in the dictionary for becoming a healthier person and living a healthier lifestyle.

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