8 Important Benefits of Exercise

January 2, 2023
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The Important Benefits of Exercise

At Emed you will hear us speak frequently about the benefits of exercise: Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It has significant benefits and very few side effects.

Moving around regularly can significantly reduce your chances of developing chronic disease and improve your quality of life. However, most Americans don’t move enough to achieve these benefits. Physical therapy can help you overcome barriers to physical activity if pain, mobility issues or an older age makes it difficult for you to move. And they can also help anyone regardless of their age or capabilities.


Improved cardiovascular health
One main benefit of exercise can help to improve heart and lung function, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Cardiovascular exercise, such as running, cycling, or swimming, can help to strengthen the heart and improve blood flow to the body. This can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular conditions.

Weight management
Regular exercise can help to maintain a healthy weight or facilitate weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories, which can help to reduce body fat and maintain a healthy weight. Exercise can also help to increase muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and make it easier to maintain a healthy weight.

Stronger muscles and bones
Exercise can help to build and maintain strong muscles and bones, which can help to prevent injuries and falls, especially as we age. Weight-bearing exercise, such as lifting weights or doing body weight exercises, can help to increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Improved mental health
Exercise has been shown to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep quality. Physical activity can release endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. Exercise can also help to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can improve overall well-being.

Increased energy
Regular exercise can help to increase energy levels and reduce fatigue. Exercise can help to improve the body’s use of oxygen, which can increase energy levels and improve overall physical performance.

Improved cognitive function
Another important benefit of exercise has been linked to improved cognitive function, including memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills. Physical activity can stimulate the production of hormones that support the growth of brain cells and the development of new connections between brain cells. Exercise may also improve blood flow to the brain, which can help to support cognitive function.

Improved flexibility and balance
Exercise can help to improve flexibility and balance, which can help to prevent falls and injuries. Stretching and balance exercises, such as yoga and tai chi, can help to improve flexibility and balance by increasing the range of motion in joints and improving coordination.

Better social connections
A less known benefit of exercise is the opportunities to connect with others, which can help to improve social connections and overall well-being. Participating in group exercise classes, sports teams, or other community-based physical activity programs can provide a sense of belonging and support, which can contribute to overall well-being.


How Much Does It Take?

We recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week, or a combination of both. It is also recommended that adults do muscle-strengthening activities at least two days per week. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.


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