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What Can Exercise Do For Me?

What can exercise do for me? What a popular question this is; how many answers can you come up with? One, two, five, twenty-five? Honestly, there are so many benefits of exercise that it is nearly impossible to name them all. What is the definition of exercise? Well to me, exercise means any activity that requires physical or mental exertion, especially when performed to develop or maintain fitness. Exercise not only increases physical fitness, but helps increase mental strength and fitness as well.

Exercising is great for the body on so many levels it’s not even funny. It helps strengthen the heart, the mind, and the body. There are two categories of exercise; one of which being aerobic and another being anaerobic. Anaerobic refers to the type of exercise that does not need or use oxygen. This type of exercise usually consists of short powerful bouts such as a tennis serve or a sprint. The second category of exercise is aerobic, which means “with oxygen”. An example of this would be longer, but less intense bouts of exercise. This type of exercise usually consists of a fitness step class or a three mile jog. Both of which are great for the body.

The benefits of exercise are:

  • Reduces the risk of premature death
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Reduces the risk of developing and/or dying from heart disease
  • Reduces high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure
  • Reduces high cholesterol or the risk of developing high cholesterol
  • Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer and breast cancer
  • Reduces the risk of developing diabetes
  • Reduces or helps maintain body weight and/or body fat
  • Builds and maintains healthy muscles, bones, and joints
  • Reduces depression and anxiety
  • Improves psychological well-being
  • Enhances work, recreation, and sport performance
  • Again, these are only a few. Contact me with any questions that you may have!

    December 13th, 2008

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