Shape Up Your Health

If you are like many people, you may wonder if exercise is really worth all the effort. You're not alone. In fact, it's normal for you to want to skip a workout on busy days. But... don't skip too often because the benefits of exercise are enjoyed by those who make it a life-long commitment.

10 Reason To Keep Exercising

  1. Regular aerobic exercise helps prevent heart disease. It slows down the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart. Active people tend to have larger, clearer arteries. Aerobic exercise increases the level of "good" cholesterol and decreases the levels of "bad" cholesterol. This helps carry the bad cholesterol (L.D.L.) out of the arteries which is associated with heart diseases. Aerobic exercise helps to prevent obstructive blood clots from forming in the arteries.
  2. Exercise helps lower blood pressure. Aerobic exercise makes the heart stronger and more efficient which helps to reduce blood pressure.
  3. Exercise helps prevent type II diabetes. exercise improves the body's ability to regulate blood sugar and helps to prevent and control diabetes.
  4. Helps prevent osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercise, which is any activity in which your body is required to carry weight, helps to prevent osteoporosis by decreasing the loss of bone mineral that commonly occurs with aging. Walking and cross-country skiing are popular weight-bearing aerobic exercises.
  5. Strengthens muscles. Stronger muscles joints, tendons, and ligaments help support the body and make it appear toned.
  6. Exercise burns calories to help take weight off and maintain weight loss. Weight loss through a program of a low-fat diet and exercise is more likely to be fat loss, rather than water or muscle tissue loss. Repeating weight loss and weight gain cycles is harmful to your health and seems to slow your metabolic rate. Gradual weight loss combined with regular exercise is the only way to go!
  7. Exercise helps prevent the loss of lean muscle tissue. It helps prevent the drop in metabolic rate that sometime accompanies wieght loss and gradual decline in metabolic rate that occurs as we age.
  8. Exercise can slow the aging process. Exercise can slow the loss of stamina, strength, flexibility, bone density and metabolic rate, as well as improve your general enthusiasm for life. Exercise gives you the ability to maintain an independent lifestyle and increases your ability to enjoy your post-retirement years.
  9. Exercise helps maintain flexibility throughout the body. Flexible muscles help to prevent injuries and reduce everyday aches and pains.
  10. Exercise makes every day more fun! As fitness improves, activities become easier and more enjoyable, and you're more likely to go out for a hike, enjoy a day of skiing, or just simply feel better. Exercise increases your stress-resistance, helps your feel more relaxed and even sleep better.