Top 25 Benefits of Regular Exercise

  1. Improves control of blood sugar and reduces incidence of diabetes by about 50%.
  2. Elevates your metabolism so that you burn more calories everyday.
  3. Increases your energy levels.  Physical activity helps you cardio vascular system (circulation of blood through your heard and blood vessels) work more efficiently.  When your aerobic capacity increases you have the ability to go through your day with less relative energy expenditure. A “fit” person will have more energy at the end of the day and is able to get more accomplished during the day.
  4. Increases the oxidation (breakdown and use) of fat.
  5. Boosts high-density lipoprotein, or good cholesterol.
  6. Maintains, tones, and strengthens your muscle. Exercise increases your muscular endurance to make every day tasks easier for you.
  7. Promotes better sleep.  Physical activity helps you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.  A good night’s sleep will improve your concentration, productivity and your mood.
  8. Improves cognition and memory.  Exercise stimulates the formation of new brain cells and researchers have found that the areas of the brain that are stimulated are responsible for memory and learning.
  9. Helps you manage or lose weight.
  10. Improves cardiovascular health.( Lack of physical activity is a major risk for cardiovascular diseases.  Regular exercise makes your heart stronger so it can pump more blood with less effort.)
  11. Increases hemoglobin concentration in your blood. Hemoglobin is part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
  12. Increases the strength of the bones and prevents osteoporosis.
  13. Causes the development of new blood vessels in the heart and other muscles.
  14. Decreases blood pressure.  High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Inactive people are two times more likely to develop high blood pressure than active people.
  15. Decreases the tendency of the blood to clot in the blood vessels. This is important because small clots traveling in the blood are often the cause of heart attacks and strokes.
  16. Enlarges the arteries that supply blood to the heart.
  17. Decreases blood levels of triglycerides (fat).
  18. Decreases Arthritis Symptoms.  Exercise increases the thickness of cartilage in joints, which has a protective effect.  It also helps keep joints flexible and helps build muscle to support the joint.
  19. Decreases Number of Sick Days: Those who exercise feel sick almost 30% less often than those who don’t.
  20. Increases the efficiency of the digestive system, which can reduce the incidence of colon cancer by up to 60%.
  21. Decreases Chance of Premature Death: Fit people generally live longer than unfit people.
  22. Decreases a woman’s risk of developing endometriosis by 50%.
  23. Increases the amount of blood that flows to the skin making it look and feel healthier.
  24. Boosts your self-confidence.  Exercise makes you feel better about yourself and builds up your self-esteem.
  25. Improves your mood.  Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out.  It is the best stress reliever.
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