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Health Benefits of Physical Fitness

written by: Daniel P. McGoldrick • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 5/27/2010

The health benefits of physical fitness ripple through every facet of your being and undoubtedly lead to a more fulfilling life. Here, we’ll discuss how fitness helps prevent injuries and diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If you need a little push, here it is friends.

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    Tried and True Results

    The healthy benefits of physical fitness are well documented and firmly established. Far too many people scrap any attempt at staying physically fit because they might have the erroneous perception that they have to look like professional athletes and models prevalent in the media. Not so, everyone can benefit from physical fitness and the bottom line is (especially in terms of this article) to feel good on the inside. What you’re outside looks like has virtually nothing to do with preventing any of the diseases we’re talking about here. That heart of yours which motors every single thing you do needs to be worked consistently with exercise to ensure a healthy mind and body and avoid ailments.

    The key to a strong heart lies in consistent cardiovascular and aerobic exercise, which includes activities like biking, hiking, jogging/running, and even something as simple as just walking. Team sports like soccer, tennis, and basketball (just to name a few) are also great cardio activities so long as you practice and play consistently, which means three or four times a week. A healthy goal to shoot for on any of the above physical pursuits would be a half an hour every day, or alternatively, break it up to an hour on three or four days during the week.

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    Service That Pump of Yours

    Sole F80 Treadmill Aerobic exercise makes for a stronger heart muscle that operates to the best of its abilities. You can easily tell your heart organ isn’t up to snuff by experiencing how much it has to work when you're totally out of shape and a little set of stairs leaves you breathless. With practice of routine physical fitness, the heart gets stronger and pumps more efficiently. That means you will increase the amount of oxygen that pumps through your veins and on out into all your extremities. Since it is a pump, think of it in terms of a sump pump working to rid a flooded basement of water. A weak pump is going to be ineffective and take a long time to get that job done, giving sediment the time it needs to permanently affix to the floor. Similarly, a weak, inefficient heart will slow you down because toxins, like dangerous sediment, remain unfiltered in your body and can cling to artery walls.

    Toxins might not be technically the correct term but is a helpful description of the fatty substances, bad cholesterol, high triglycerides, calcium deposits, and other substances that are deposited in the inner lining of arteries and lead to coronary heart disease. Understanding Coronary Artery Disease Pathophysiology is a good read to learn more about this condition that affects over 13 million people. Furthermore, exercise lowers your resting heart rate, which reduces stress and promotes the healing association between a healthy cardiovascular system and relaxation.

    Physical activity will boost the levels of healthy stuff like HDL (good cholesterol), not harmful toxins which make you sluggish, susceptible to sickness, and invite big trouble in the long run like heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes. The regular flushing a good cardio workout does keeps you healthy like a filter system keeps the pool clean. Better circulation staves off more incidents of heart problems and clogging in the arteries. Of course, eating right is another key, so read Raise HDL Cholestrol with Diet and make your exercise routines twice as effective.

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    More Healthy Bi-Products Of Vigorous ExerciseOn this page we tackle the basics of why physical fitness can help prevent all sorts of heart trouble, high blood pressure, and strokes. You will also receive the injury prevention angle as well. Learn how to diversify your routines to avoid ruts and stagnation with classes like yoga. By now you should have all the motivation you need to emmark upon a healthy journey of life replete with physical conditioning.
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    Why It Works

    Helena National Forest Take it straight on the chin from the American Heart Association folks: "Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease." The reason that the aerobic exercises, inherent in the activities we've already discussed above, prevent heart trouble is because physical fitness helps control blood lipid abnormalities and reduces blood pressure. Since you’re improving your capacity and tolerance for vigorous activity, your heart and lungs get stronger. With the good flow that regular physical activity ensures, you will therefore prevent (if you have it already it will better manage it) high blood pressure. Less plaque will build up in your arteries.

    Regular exercise will also prevent Type II diabetes and rather than get bogged down in the medical specifics of why, just take it on faith (and proven medical studies). Use this as one more good reason to stay committed and consistent. Since you'll be burning calories, you're going to better manage your weight. Being overweight is another major risk factor in many of the diseases (and injuries) we're talking about here. A key to knowing whether the exercise you choose to do on a daily basis (or the 3 or 4 day split where you do it for an hour) is vigorous enough to help prevent all of these maladies lies in monitoring your heart rate with a device or using exercise machines that measure it. Optimal Heart Rate for Exercise will shed a lot more light on that.

    Staying limber and well-stretched is going to help you avoid injuries to knees, ankles, the lower back, and many more areas of your body. Variety in your weekly routines will help you stay on task so you avoid ruts and that nagging little voice in your head that just wants to sit on the couch and dumb-down to what is on television. Yoga is an excellent fitness class that can ward off injury by keeping Next Generation your body properly aligned. Yoga Has Far-Reaching Benefits on Your Physical and Mental Well-Being offers you many more insights into that ancient wisdom along with describing a few variations within this discipline.

    Finally, exercising your body is good for your mind-boosting self esteem, confidence, and helping you cope with stress. Studies have shown it can ward off depression and even help you sleep better. Now that you know the full scope and breadth of the benefits of physical fitness, I hope you will find regular routines that you practice consistently. Peruse our site to find a wide array of options to keep your fitness endeavors fresh and enjoyable.

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