Benefit of Exercise
by Patrick Austin
Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports and health
for a number of web sites including RealGM.com, Hoopsworld.com,
and Fanstop.com. He currently also covers entertainment and
sports for Vainquer magazine.
There are number benefits to regular exercise, but the ultimate
benefit of exercise is simple--a healthy, properly run body.
When you exercise, your entire cardiovascular system benefits.
This is because exercise prevents the onset of high blood pressure
if you're at increased risk of developing it. It lowers your blood
pressure if you already have high blood pressure. It increases
the concentration of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
(the "good" cholesterol) and decreases the concentration
of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad"
cholesterol) in your blood.
Another benefit of exercise is that is strengthens your heart
so it can pump your blood more efficiently and bring much-needed
oxygen and nutrients to the rest of your body. This is one of
the main reasons why you generally feel refreshed and more energetic
Regular exercise promotes rhythmic, deep breathing. Your lungs
actually develop greater capacity, so you're better able to take
in oxygen to nourish your cells. Taking all of these factors into
consideration, exercise reduces your risk of dying of heart disease.
Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to prevent
the bone-weakening disease--osteoporosis. Also important are exercises
that bear your body's weight, such as walking and jogging.
An obvious benefit of exercise is that you are able to maintain
a healthy body weight by burning calories. Your body requires
a certain amount of energy to continue the functions you need
to live. And if you exercise, your body works harder and needs
more fuel (calories) . Even after you stop exercising, your body
continues to burn calories at an increased rate for a few hours.
The more intensely you exercise, the more calories you burn.
By burning more calories than you take in, you can reduce body
fat, giving you a healthier body composition. Losing body fat
can make you look and feel better and can reduce your risk of
obesity. Maintaining a healthy body weight eases pressure on your
bones and joints, which can help prevent arthritis.
A recently found benefit of exercise is that it fights depression
by activating the neurotransmitters chemicals used by your
nerve cells to communicate with one another associated
with depression. Those neurotransmitters are serotonin and norepinephrine.
The levels of those neurotransmitters and their balance with each
other play a role in how you react to daily events. When you experience
depression, the level of serotonin, norepinephrine or both may
be out of sync. Exercise may help utilize those brain chemicals.
Exercise also stimulates the production of endorphins other
neurotransmitters that produce feelings of well-being. This is
more commonly referred to as runner's high.
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