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The Importance and Benefits of Physical Activity

It has been firmly established that individuals who engage in some form of physical activity either by lifestyle or occupation, are likely to live longer and healthier lives.  Research shows that even moderate caloric expenditure from physical activity has a significant impact on longevity.  A physically active person who possesses risk factors like hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and even a smoking habit can derive significant gains from incorporating regular physical activity into his/her daily activities.

Regular physical activity is also likely to help modify a number of risk factors.  As an adjunct to weight loss, exercise is likely to help you stay on a diet and lose weight.  Additionally, regular exercise is associated with reductions in blood pressure, improved glucose regulation, promotion of better lipid profiles and stronger, denser bones.

(Reprinted with permission of the American College of Sports Medicine {ACSM}, Personal Trainer brochure, 2003.  ACSM is the leading authority organization in the exercise science and sports medicine related fields.)

Health Benefits of Regular Exercise and Physical Activity

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Reduce the risk of premature death 

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Reduce the risk of developing and/or dying from heart disease 

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Reduce high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure 

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Reduce high cholesterol or the risk of developing high cholesterol

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Reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and breast cancer 

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Reduce the risk of developing diabetes

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Reduce or maintain body weight or body fat 

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Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints 

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Reduce depression and anxiety 

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Improve psychological well-being 

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Enhanced work, recreation, and sport performance

Benefits of Regular Exercise on the Aging Process and Functional Capacity

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Increase your level of muscular strength

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Increase your stamina and ability to do continuous work

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Increase or maintain your bone mineral density to prevent osteoporosis

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Increase muscular endurance 

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Help you maintain your resting metabolic rate to prevent weight gain

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Provide protection against injury

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Maintain or improve joint integrity

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Help you to maintain an independent lifestyle

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Improves your balance and coordination

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Reduce the risk of developing colon cancer

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Reduce the risk of developing breast cancer

Benefits of Exercise for Mental Health and Well-Being

bulletReduce your level of anxiety
bulletHelp you manage stress more effectively
bulletImprove your positive self-esteem and confidence
bulletHelp alleviate depression
bulletImprove your appearance
bulletHelp you relax
bulletCombat the likelihood of many degenerative problems
bulletImprove your overall quality of life
bulletTeach you about goal-setting and dedication
bulletCan assists in efforts to stop smoking
bulletHelp to relieve and prevent migraine headache attacks
bulletCan help you sleep more restfully
bulletHelp improve your immune system
 

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