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Why should you exercise?

As billions of Americans are advancing in age, it is crucial for them to be aware of the preserving and restorative effects of regular physical activity. Exercise can and will work to combat the aging process.

It doesn''t matter what kind of shape you are in or how old you are, exercising on a regular basis will keep you looking younger and feeling healthier.

The idea is to get in shape and stay in shape. The biggest benefit of physical activity is an increase in a healthy life span.

Other benefits of regular physical activity:

  • decreasing weight
  • decreasing body fat
  • controlling blood pressure and lowering blood pressure if slightly elevated
  • reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the bad cholesterol, and triglycerides
  • increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the good cholesterol
  • lowering your risk for developing heart disease
  • regulating blood sugar and lowering your risk for developing adult-onset diabetes
  • improving bone density
  • improving respiration
  • improving the strength of your heart and its ability to pump oxygenated blood to the body
  • fighting mild depression and anxiety
  • providing some protection against certain forms of cancer
  • increasing muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility
  • relaxing and reducing stress
  • enhancing self-image and positive outlook
  • increasing quality of sleep

References:

  • Berkow, Robert, MD, ed. The Merck Manual of Medical Information, home edition. Merck & Co., Inc. WestPoint, PA: 1997.
  • Larson, David E., MD, ed. Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, second edition. William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York: 1996.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1996). Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
  • American College of Sports Medicine. (1998). ACSM Fitness Book - second edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Clark, Janie. (1992). Full Life Fitness: A Complete Exercise Program for Mature Adults. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

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