Monday, March 21, 2016

5 Benefits of Regular Exercise

Based on research from, Less than half of Americans exercise for 30 minutes, 3 times per week despite the benefits of regular exercise, but maybe they don’t really know all the benefits of regular exercise. So we put together list. Hopefully one of the of these benefits will give you the motivation you need to create this very beneficial habit!

Physical health and quality of life - Regular exercise helps reduce the risk of premature death from heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and colon and breast cancers. It increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or good cholesterol) while decreasing triglycerides. This keeps your blood flowing smoothly by lowering the buildup of plaque in your arteries. Overall it increases resistance to various diseases by bolstering the immune system.

Psychological well-being - Regular exercise improves your mood and reduces the likelihood of depression and anxiety. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals (endorphins) that usually leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You will not only feel better, but look better when you exercise regularly which, in turn, boosts confidence and self-esteem. You derive self-confidence both from looking great by being toned and fit, and from knowing that you put in the work and effort to get there.

Increased energy levels - Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. It helps the cardiovascular system work more efficiently by circulating blood through your heart and blood vessels. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you'll have more energy to do the things you enjoy.
Weight Management - Needless to say, you burn calories when you engage in physical activity. When you burn more calories than you take in, you lose weight. Even taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking during your lunch break, or just moving around more can help add to your exercise output.

Better sleep - Regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster and into a more deep sleep. Sleep is brought on by chemicals released in your body which are a by-product of your body burning sugar for fuel during the day. The more sugar you burn through exercise and physical activity, the more of these chemicals are released, thus helping you sleep better and deeper. Regular exercise also improves the transition between the cycles and phases of sleep and they become smoother and more regular. Ultimately, your productivity, mood and concentration are greatly enhanced when you are well-rested. 
Other Benefits of Regular Exercise
  • Helps maintain and increase muscle strength, improves balance, coordination, reaction time, and flexibility; can even improve mental concentration
  • Prevents muscle decay. Inactive people lose muscle fiber at a rate of 3% to 5% every decade after age 30 which amounts to a loss of 30% of muscle fiber by age 60
  • Reduces incidence of many illnesses
  • Likely to reduce the risk of colon cancer by as much as 50% and may considerably reduce the risk of breast cancer
  • Relieves symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and therefore reduces the need for medication
  • Helps control hypertension, high blood cholesterol and diabetes.
  • Reduces the risk of accidental injury and shortens the recovery period from accident and illness

If you are looking for a personal trainer in Florence, Kentucky, to help you get exercise into your routine, our ACE Certified Trainer, Sabra, can help you make sense of all of this and discuss your exercise options. Your first training session is free! Call 859-282-0022 to ask questions or schedule your personal training session.

Discussion: Do you exercise regularly or do you think you will start based on this information? Which of the benefits do you most value?

Disclaimer: These recommendations are dosages are based on the opinions of Victoria Smith, Practitioner. The following statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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