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The Benefits of Exercise by Shana Laborde, LVN

Regular exercise helps many of the body’s systems function better and keeps many diseases at bay.  It is also a key ingredient to weight loss.  Regular exercise improves your chances of living longer and healthier.   Studies show that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise three to four days a week will help boost your metabolism and start the weight loss process and get you on track to a healthier life.  Here are some of the health risks that exercise can help prevent:

•             Osteoporosis

•             Obesity

•             Hypertension

•             Type 2 diabetes

•             Heart disease

•             Depression

It is important to vary your exercise routine since the body can become accustomed to exercise.  Exercise routines should consist of cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility exercise.  Mixing up your routines will help keep you from becoming bored which is why many people stop exercising.  When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and adrenaline.   These chemicals all work together to make you feel good and improve your mood.  Exercise can also improve the quality of your sleep by helping you sleep deeper and you will be less likely to wake up during the night.

Whatever the reason is you choose to exercise, make it fun.  Whether it’s taking your dog for a walk or riding your bike, it should be something to look forward to.  Leading a sedentary lifestyle is not good for you. Once you decide to make exercise part of your daily life, it becomes addicting and may lead you to make better choices about nutrition too.  A healthy diet and regular exercise are important to good overall heath.  Exercise can improve your immune system and you will be less likely to be sick.

Before you start your exercise plan, it’s always a smart move to consult with a doctor first to see what types of exercise are right for you.  Another good idea is to start drinking more water and eating smaller more frequent meals.  This will help increase your metabolism and give you more energy throughout the day. Also, keep a journal to reaffirm your commitment to daily exercise.   Remember, if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.