25 Ways Exercise Benefits You!

We all know that we should exercise because it is good for us, but do you know just how good? Learn with these awesome 25 tips!

We all know that we should exercise because it is good for us, but do you know just how good?

dot 1. Lowers Heart Rate dot

    The heart is a muscle. Aerobic exercise strengthens that muscle, so that your heart pumps blood more efficiently by pumping more blood with each beat. Since the exercised heart is more efficient, it transfers more oxygen to the body's cells more easily. This in essence can lengthen your life by several years.

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dot 2. Reduces The Risk Of Heart Disease dot

    Exercise reduces clotting in the blood, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. Those who do not exercise run twice the risk of developing heart disease.

dot 3. Controls Cholesterol dot

    Exercise increases the ratio of good cholesterol (HDL) to bad cholesterol (LDL) and also lowers triglycerides.

Triglycerides
Triglycerides, as major components of very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) and chylomicrons, play an important role in metabolism as energy sources and transporters of dietary fat. They contain more than twice as much energy (9 kcal/g) as carbohydrates and proteins.

dot 4. Lowers Blood Pressure dot

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dot 5. Reduces The Risk Of Colon Cancer dot

    Regular exercise helps regulate the digestive system.

dot 6. Reduces The Risk Of Stroke dot

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dot 7. Promotes Strong And Healthy Bones dot

    Exercise increases circulation and flow of nutrients to the bones, reducing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease of bone leading to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis the bone mineral density is reduced, bone microarchitecture is disrupted, and the amount and variety of non-collagenous proteins in bone is altered.

dot 8. Stronger Circulatory System And Lungs dot

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dot 9. Better Skin Tone dot

    Helps keep skin more elastic.

dot 10. Weight Loss And Maintenance dot

    Essential to both losing weight and maintaining weight loss, exercise increases the body's metabolism (the rate at which the body burns calories), as well as increase muscle which helps burn fat.

dot 11. Controls Blood Sugar dot

    Physical activity helps maintain the body's glucose levels, important especially for diabetics or those at risk for diabetes.

dot 12. Helps With Pain Tolerance dot

    By increasing the level of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, exercise can help alleviate pain, such as PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps. The deep breathing during exercise brings more oxygen to the blood, which relaxes the uterus.

dot 13. Improves Your Intellectual Capacity dot

    Exercise increases your productivity by helping to clear your head so you can approach your work refreshed and able to concentrate.

Mind
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Exercise Will Help
To Clear Your Head.

dot 14. Makes For Easier Pregnancy And Childbirth dot

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dot 15. Promotes Flexibility dot

    Stretching exercises help elongate muscles, promoting flexibility.

Stretching
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Stretching Promotes Flexibility.

dot 16. Reduces Backaches dot

    Stretching exercises also reduce backaches.

Stretching
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Stretching Will Reduce Back Pain.

dot 17. Controls Physical And Emotional Stress dot

    Not only does exercise reduce physical and emotional stress, but it can also alleviate bouts of anxiety or depression.

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dot 18. Promotes A Younger And Healthier Body dot

    We spend money every year trying to maintain a healthy and younger body. Regular physical activity can help slow the aging process.

dot 19. Prolonged Independence For The Older Person dot

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dot 20. Strengthens Immune System Over The Long Term dot

    By exercising, you are less likely to get sick.

dot 21. Gives You More Energy dot

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Everyone Could Use
A Little More Energy.

dot 22. Regulates Your Body's Waste System dot

    Relieves constipation by increasing intestinal activity and curbs bloating by increasing perspiration.

dot 23. Better Health Overall dot

Well Being
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Exercise Will Keep You Healthy.

dot 24. Improves Your Sleep dot

    Since your muscles are less tense, you relax more easily at night. You fall asleep more quickly, sleep more soundly, and awake more refreshed.

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dot 25. Gives An Overall Sense Of Well Being dot

    Do you want to be happier and more upbeat? Exercise boosts your self-confidence by improving your strength, stamina, flexibility, appearance, and sense of control.

Well Being
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Exercise Boosts
Your Self-Confidence.

Physical activity not only helps remedy medical difficulties, but it also can prevent many of those same problems from occurring. Now, that you see the benefits of exercise, what's stopping you from getting started?

Resources

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  10. The Middle Atlantic Milk Marketing Association. (1983). "Better Body Book: How Diet and Exercise Can Make And Keep You Fit."
  11. Zaret, B. L., M. D. "Exercise: The Easiest Way to Protect Your Heart" (1993) Vitality

About The Author:

    Rachel Keller is a freelance author and homeschooling frugal mom of 5 who enjoys running, cycling, aerobics, strength training, and flexibility exercises. She has participated in many races, earning a collection of medals and trophies. She has both a bachelor of science and a master's degree in education and has been published numerous times. To read more by Rachel Keller, visit her website at Rachel's Writings.