Doctors List the Top Ten Medical Reasons to Exercise
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We all know that exercise is good for us, but why, exactly? What does
exercise really do for us, for our bodies, for our minds, for our
social lives? MuscleMagFitness.com reports the Top 10 list of reasons to
exercise, according to some of the top doctor's in the US.
- Exercise helps keep your arteries flexible and malleable, which prevents heart disease and heart attacks.
- If you have metabolic syndrome, losing as little as 6.5 percent of your
body weight results in substantial reductions in blood pressure,
glucose, triglycerides and total cholesterol, all factors that lead to heart disease.
- Exercise prevents the growth of fat that
surrounds the midsection, which is angry, dynamic fat that actively
contributes to diabetes and resulting vision loss and limb amputations.
- Fat around the midsection is also associated with
inflammation that leads to damaged blood vessels, heart disease, liver
disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise helps prevent this.
- Exercise reduces stress and lifts your mood by increasing serotonin levels in your brain.
- Exercise can be a social activity, which is associated with higher incidence of general happiness.
- Strength training improves balance, bone density, bone strength and prevents osteoporosis.
- Strength training and stretching helps prevent injuries caused by
everyday activities like lifting things and hopping over puddles.
- Participating in team sports like basketball, flag football, volleyball and soccer enhances hand-eye coordination and improves your
- Exercise tones your muscles, increases your metabolism, burns calories, and can make you leaner.
Source: Methodist Hospital, www.methodisthealth.com.