Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Exercise is one of the most important elements in preserving health and promoting wellness. What are some health benefits of exercise?

Exercise gives you a  boost of energy to keep you going all day. It increases your metabolism by burning fat and maintaining a healthy weight. Blood flow is increased within the body, perfusing not only the organs but improving the look and feel of your skin. Studies have shown that with moderate exercise about 4-5 times a week, you can reduce your LDL "bad"cholesterol and raise your HDL "good" cholesterol. Regular exercise increases muscle tone and improves endurance, so you tire less.

Exercise plays a large role in lowering the risk of chronic illness like heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes, and cancer. With exercise, insulin resistance decreases, which can prevent diabetes. It can also decrease or normalize blood pressure by  decreasing the resistance within the arterial system. Exercise reduces the stress hormone levels, like cortisol, which can improve sleep by restoring normal body rhythms. It also promotes well being by promoting better circulation and hormonal stimulation which can enhance your sex life. And last but not least, exercise makes you feel happier, sexier, and more energetic. So get moving! (Mayo Clinic).

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