Top Long-Term Health Benefits of Exercise

Friday, March 1st, 2013, 9:09 am

We've all done it – made a commitment to start exercising, but had trouble following through.  A perennial New Year's resolution that often falls flat, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that daily exercise is important not only to our waistline, but our long-term health as well.

To give you a clearer sense of just how important it is,  we wanted to share a few of the many benefits of staying active.  Ready to be inspired?

Here is our list of the Top Long-Term Health Benefits of Exercise:

  • Helps manage weight. Regular exercise is a crucial component of maintaining a healthy weight.  This becomes especially true for older patients, who may be noticing a slowing of their metabolism.
  • Works to control cholesterol. Healthy exercise has been shown time and time again to reduce "bad" cholesterol and raise "good" cholesterol.  In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, even "...moderate physical activity can help raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol."
  • Decreases risk of disease. Regular exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of certain illnesses.  These include heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Reduces stress. Over time, stress can take a toll on a person both physically and emotionally.  So, if work or the family has got you at your wit's end, think about going for a jog!  Exercise has been shown to release endorphins, chemicals that promote a feeling of happiness and well-being.
  • Keeps you strong. One of the biggest risk factors for developing osteoporosis is a sedentary lifestyle. Those who exercise -- which has been shown to strengthen bones and joints -- can often delay the effects of age-related bone loss.

Of course, before you begin any new exercise regimen, be sure to seek the advice of your physician.  He or she will help you choose a plan that is safe, productive and catered to your individual needs.

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One Response to “Top Long-Term Health Benefits of Exercise”

  1. Ron Lavine May 9th, 2013, 10:49 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement to exercise, Dr. St. Claire. Another top reason to exercise? It reduces the symptoms of depression:

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