There’s little doubt behind exercise and its many, many benefits. The first benefit that usually pops into your head is being able to manage your weight (which is usually what most people look for when they begin exercising). Past that, though, you can still find that exercise plays a key role in your health. Not just your health as in your day-to-day health – but your long-term health, as well. Whether it is for prevention or improvement, exercise provides important health benefits that will help you with various chronic diseases – including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, or back and joint pain.
So how exactly does exercise prevent or improve these chronic diseases, though?
As far as improvement, regular exercise helps you manage symptoms as well as improve your overall health. Here is a breakdown of different exercises and their benefits:
- Aerobic exercise helps improve your heart health and endurance, which aids in weight loss.
- Strength training improves your muscle strength and endurance, which assists in your daily activities, slows disease-related declines in muscle strength, and provides stability to your joints.
- Flexibility exercises improve your range of motion about your joints – giving them the ability to function at their best.
- Stability exercises help reduce the risk of falls.
Not only these benefits can be found with regular exercise, though. When you continuously keep up with your fitness, you will find that it can help slow down the aging process in order to help prevent suffering from a chronic disease. As well as simply keep yourself more fit and trim, agile, mobile, and happy – which is especially crucial to health as you age. Exercise normalizes your insulin and leptin levels, provides weight loss, and normalizes blood sugar – all which lead to positive health benefits. Such as prevention for…
Heart Disease. Exercise lowers blood pressure, helps maintain a healthy weight and reduces cholesterol.
Diabetes. Obesity is a leading cause of type 2 diabetes, and regular exercise plays the role of preventing that. It also helps you maintain normal blood-glucose levels and reduces long-term cardiovascular complications.
Arthritis. Exercise helps reduce pain and stiffness while also improving range of motion and overall strength. The weight loss found with exercise will also help you lose weight – which leads to less pressure on your joints.
As you can see, the benefits of exercise are vastly greater than the payoff of looking good. Whatever your reason is to begin to regularly exercise –understanding what good it does for your body is a great motivation tool to keep you dedicated to your routine. The long-term benefits of getting up and active now are absolutely worth it. Being able to fit into your jeans doesn’t hurt, either!