Reasons to Exercise
Experts including cardiologists, physiologists, oncologists, nutritionists, and psychologists
all agree that exercise is one of the best tools you have for staying healthy!
Here are 10 reasons why it's important to exercise regularly:
- You live longer. Studies have shown that regular exercise can extend your life by an
average of two years.
- Reduces the risk of heart attack. Experts say exercise can lower the chance of heart attack
by more than 20 percent. It also lowers your cholesterol. And since your heart is a muscle,
exercise will strengthen it and make it more efficient.
- Reduces the risk of stroke. It's a fact that regular aerobic exercise can reduce blood
pressure by 10 points on average.
- Reduces the risk of cancer. More and more studies have found a relationship between
exercise and low-fat diets with reducing a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. One
study found that regular exercise can cut the risk of colon cancer in half.
- Lowers stress. We all have stress, but people who exercise handle it better. Research has
found exercise can reduce the ill effects of stress.
- Increases energy. People who exercise feel better and have more energy during daily
activities. They also sleep better.
- Reduces weight and fat content. Many of us look for ways to slim down and stay that
way, and exercise is the only way to keep off excess weight and fat. If you diet alone
without exercise you have a 95 percent chance of gaining it all back. Exercise increases
your muscle mass which allows you to burn more calories even at rest.
- Increases bone density. Studies have found that women in their 60s who begin weight
bearing exercises increase their bone density which helps them avoid osteoporosis.
- Helps digestion.
- Increases circulation. This not only helps your cardiovascular system, it can help your
complexion as well.
Overall, exercise and being fit makes you feel and look better! So, now you see that we can't
afford NOT to exercise.
Remember to see your doctor first before beginning an exercise program. If your doctor clears
you to exercise regularly plan on spending 20 to 30 minutes a day, three to four days a week
doing just moderate exercise like walking.
Have fun and stay fit!
Reprinted with permission from Neil Baum MD, neilbaum.com.
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