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Top 3 Reasons to Exercise: The Importance of Regular Physical Activity

written by: Donna Cosmato • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 9/20/2011

Exercise is about a lot more than losing weight. Physical activity also boosts your mood and can help prevent serious problems like blood clots in the logs, obesity, diabetes and other health conditions. Learn three reasons to exercise more and get moving today!

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    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “American society has become ‘obesogenic’, characterized by environments that promote increased food intake, nonhealthful foods, and physical inactivity.”

    Let us face facts: We are becoming a fat nation. Physical exercise is one of the reasons people are turning the tide on the obesity epidemic. Finding the best exercise for you reclaims health, decreases or prevents diseases, and enhances overall mental wellness. Here are the top three reasons why exercise is important.

    Exercise Benefits for Weight Management

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    Most people at some point in their life want to lose weight. Using physical exercise to lose weight is a smart choice. Aerobic exercise, cardiovascular exercise, or simply fitness walking helps with fat loss and health fitness. Physical exercise is important in a weight loss program for many reasons:

    • Exercise burns calories.
    • It stimulates the digestive system
    • It is the best way of Increasing the body’s metabolism.
    • Regular exercise strengthens the muscles and bones.
    • Do you want to eliminate visceral body fat and flat the belly? Exercise more.
    • Exercise reduces the risks of serious illnesses like heart diseases, cancer and diabetes.
    • It is an excellent tool for increasing the endorphin levels in the body.

    In spite of all the benefits of physical activity in relation to weight management, there are some caveats. Many people think they can consume more calories since they are exercising. To lose weight, you must burn more calories than you eat. Health and nutrition combined with physical exercise is the key to safe and effective weight loss.

    Exercise and Health

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    Regular physical exercise safeguards and supports bone and joint health for everyone. Physical health, especially senior health, reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis.

    Increased balance, flexibility, and mobility are the products of a commitment to exercise. Many senior citizens are opting for easy-to-do senior exercise for increasing activity levels and including exercise into their lives to reduce the risk of fractures.

    Here are some other ways exercise and health are linked:

    • Exercise reduces the risk of arthritis and alleviates the pain and effects of it.
    • Physical activity lowers blood pressure levels.
    • Physical exercise reduces the risk of stroke and prevents other cardiovascular diseases.

    Exercise Benefits for Mental Health

    The health of the mind is closely tied to the physical health and fitness of the body. One way to enhance mental health quickly is to increase levels of exercise, like walking exercise, in an individual’s life.

    Any form of physical activity impacts mental health because exercise encourages the release of a beneficial cocktail of chemicals like endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine into the body. These natural chemicals reduce stress levels and help you feel better.

    Exercise beneftis 

    A few other ways exercise influences mental health is by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Most stress management programs include some form of physical exercise or activity to relieve stress effects. Finally, physical exercise promotes healthy sleep and improves feelings of self-esteem.

    With the obesity rates sky-rocketing and health care costs exploding out of control, these top three reasons why exercise is important ought to be carefully contemplated by everyone. Regular physical exercise incorporated into an individual’s way of living provides exercise benefits of weight loss, physical health, and mental wellness.

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