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Health Benefits of Exercise

      Exercise is not only good for the body, but good for the mind as well. Those who exercise regularly have a reduced chance of becoming chronically ill, disabled, depressed and dependent on others at they age. Exercise can reduce the risk of developing a number of serious diseases and health conditions. Below is a brief explanation of how exercise positively influences a number of diseases.



Coronary artery disease and high blood pressure

Sedentary people have almost double the risk of developing coronary artery disease. Exercise can help people to eliminate the need for blood pressure medications, as well as reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), increase good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce fat (triglycerides).

Diabetes

There exists a very strong link between those who do not exercise (and are often overweight) and Type II Diabetes (non insulin dependent diabetes). For those already diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, regular exercise can result in decreased insulin dosages.

Weight control

The health risks associated with overweight and obesity are many and very well documented. From increased risk of some cancers, to stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure, overweight causes a myriad of health complications. Exercise is an essential component of weight control.

Cancer

Many recent studies have revealed that increased physical activity reduces the risk of developing a number of different cancers.

Osteoporosis

Exercise and diet can not only contribute to the development of strong bones, but can even slow and potentially reverse bone loss in older adults. Strength training is ideally suited to building more muscle and bone mass.

Arthritis

Regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing arthritis, as well as aid in the management of arthritis and other joint problems.

Psychological Health

There is an increasing body of evidence that points to the ability of exercise to profoundly impact the development of, and severity of, a number of psychological conditions, including depression and anxiety disorders. The precise interaction between exercise and better psychological health is difficult to measure, but most researchers point out the obvious link between an improvement in quality of life to a decrease in psychological problems. By no means can exercise negate the necessity of treating psychological disorders in the regular manner; however, many experts believe that it should be incorporated into any treatment program.




The U.S. Government's Food and Nutrition Information Center offers detailed information about nutritional guidelines for Americans. The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases offers excellent resources on nutrition and other health issues.




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