Getting your rate up just a little, only a few times per week can help prevent so many heart problems. Giving the heart a light workout really improves your overall cardiovascular health. It helps keep blood pressure down, it lowers cholesterol, and can significantly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Any cardio workout will help you obtain the above mentioned benefits. You can choose anything from jogging, biking, swimming, aerobics, or similar heart rate demanding activities.
Losing weight has been shown to lower the risk of numerous illnesses, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Additionally, losing weight places less pressure on your joints, which can help stave off arthritis later in life. Weight loss will also increase mobility and help prevent cancer. The big picture is that one has to always maintain his body weight in the healthy BMI range. So exercising is not prescribed for those that need to lose weight, but also for any individual that embraces a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is the basis of weight control.
Maintaining strength and flexibility can be difficult as we age. By exercising, we can help to maintain our mobility. Also, by working on strength and flexibility, we can help or eliminate back and other muscle pain. Strength training also helps maintain bone density and range of motion for the joints. Any active, exercise loving individual will always feel and act young as long as he or she continues to perform a sport. Being active from your childhood, through your teens and adulthood will help you to be able to practice sports until late in your life.
Hormone Level Regulation
Exercise can actually help regulate hormone levels, which is an important factor in the prevention of certain kinds of cancer, such as breast cancer. Regulating hormones can also help with appetite, fatigue, awareness, sex drive, and overall sense of well-being.
One of the most important preventative aspects of exercise is its effect on our mood. It can seem daunting to start an exercise regime, but you are almost guaranteed to feel better after you exercise. The rush of endorphins, the sense of accomplishment, they all make us feel good. Exercise makes us more aware, more focused, more productive, and just happier overall. A positive outlook can prevent serious things like depression, or just more general feelings of loneliness or negativity. Exercise is also a great social life enhancer!
Clearly, one of the most important steps you can take for your long-term health is beginning (and sticking to) an exercise program. It doesn’t need to be high-impact or difficult. Just get your blood pumping and work up a light sweat a few times a week and you will be well on your way to an active, happy, healthy life.
This post was written for WeightLossBucket.com by Dr. David Kulla. Dr. Kulla is a licensed New York Chiropractor and a nutritionist as well as owner of http://synergywellnessny.com/, based in Manhattan.