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Many, many studies have documented the numerous health and fitness benefits associated with exercise.  Other studies have examined the impact of changing from a sedentary lifestyle to a physically active lifestyle, and how it relates to developing coronary heart disease or dying prematurely.  The results show that people who change from a sedentary lifestyle to a physically active lifestyle experience lower rates of disease and premature mortality compared with those who continue to remain sedentary.  This is true for the middle aged to older aged, indicating that it is never too late to become physically active to achieve health benefits.

The most obvious health benefit of exercise is that it can reduce body fat and prevent unhealthy weight gain that can bring on other health disorders. But what if you do not need to lose weight?  Can you still benefit from exercise?  The answer is yes.  Exercise and physical activity can prevent occurrences of cardiac events, such as heart attacks, reduce the incidence of coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, stroke, hypertension, or high blood pressure, and can increase levels of HDL, or “good” cholesterol, and decrease serum triglycerides, or fat in the blood.  Exercise can reduce the risk of developing metabolic diseases, type 2 diabetes mellitus, gallbladder disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, depression, and anxiety.  It can reduce the risk of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures. Exercise can also enhance physical function and independent living in older adults.


Remember, it is never too late to begin an exercise program.  Try to include stretching and cardiovascular exercises like walking, swimming, biking, or jogging in your daily routine.  Aim for 30 minutes of cardio per day.  Supplement this routine with some form of strength training, such as lifting weights or pilates, twice per week.


If you need recommendations, you can schedule a consultation with Alysha, our Wellness Consultant. 


 

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