The Benefits of Exercising

Regular exercise and physical activity has numerous benefits. Everyone benefits from exercise.

–        Exercise can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (such as heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease) by strengthening the heart, lowering cholesterol, improving circulation, and lowering blood pressure.

–        It can help control weight and prevent obesity

–        Exercise helps your body control insulin and blood glucose levels which can decrease the risk of diabetes Type 2 as well as obesity and metabolic syndrome

–        Exercise can improve mental health by releasing chemicals that can increase relaxation, help with anxiety, depression and improves cognitive function.

–        Exercise releases chemicals that improve the structure and function of the brain

–        Exercise strengthens bones and muscles which can slow the loss of bone density that occurs with aging, helping to prevent osteoporosis, and improve arthritis

–        Exercise can reduce the risk of some cancers especially ones associated with obesity such as colon cancer, breast cancer, and uterine cancer.

–        Exercise can improve your sleep by helping you sleep longer and increasing the duration of sleep

–        Exercise can improve sexual health in both men and women

–        Balance and muscle-strengthening activities as well as moderate-intensity aerobic activity can help reduce the risk of falls in the elderly

–        Evidence shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers.


Exercise has a lot of benefits however prior to initiating an exercise program, please consult with your doctor. This is especially important if you have not exercised in a long time, have chronic health conditions, or have any concerns about your health.