Ten Significant Benefits of Exercise

The benefits of exercise are substantial. It is a cost-effective way to the prevention and treatment of medical conditions. Conditions improved or eliminated from exercise are hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, thyroid problems and depression; however after studying pharmacy I can tell you that in nearly every medical illness or disease, benefit can be derived from exercise, it's that important. Here are the 10 benefits of profound importance you can receive from exercising. 

1. Reduces Fat Not Just Pounds. 

Exercise is a powerful tool for removing fat and retaining lean muscle mass. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reported that while dieting may take off pounds, exercise was more effective at reducing pounds of body fat. Exercise also preserved and even increased lean muscle tissue, whereas dieting alone tended to reduce lean muscle tissue to a certain degree. 

2. Improves Blood Profile 

Blood chemistry on several levels improves. From the lipid panel, to levels of hormones, to amounts of glucose and insulin. 

  • Exercise lowers total cholesterol and increases levels of HDL (good cholesterol) 
  • Exercise decreases the amount of leptin, a hormone that plays a role in regulating body fat and energy, in your bloodstream. The more leptin present, the higher your body fat. 
  • Exercise stimulates the production of epinephrine, a potent hormone that stimulates LPL lipase, an enzyme that catalyzes the release of free fatty acids from adipose tissues. The more epinephrine and lipase, the lower your body fat. 

3. Reduces Blood Pressure 

There are three categories of blood pressure: 

1. Normal - the systolic pressure is less than 120 and the diastolic is less than 80.

2. Prehypertension - the systolic range is 120-139 and the diastolic range is 80-89.

3. Hypertension - the systolic number is greater than 139 and the diastolic is greater than 89. 

Blood pressure increases with age. Getting it under control and keeping it there is of vital importance. As blood pressure rises, studies have shown that the death from heart attacks, strokes, and other vascular diseases increases. The Framingham Heart Study suggested that people with normal blood pressure at age fifty-five still have a 90 percent chance of developing high blood pressure if lifestyle choices that prevent these increases are ignored. 

4. Increases Elasticity of Major Arteries

Aging in adults is associated with a marked decline in the flexibility of the large elastic arteries that promote circulation in the chest region - in other words, those huge arteries that help your heart to circulate blood. The more sedentary you are, the greater the stiffness of these arteries and the less efficient cardiac circulation becomes. 

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