Benefits of exercise
What, precisely, are the benefits of exercise?
Increased protection against cardiovascular disease is a proven one, although exercise alone does not confer immunity to heart disease. Regular exercise also may work synergistically to help control a host of other independent risk factors for coronary heart disease, including obesity, stress, high blood pressure, and high levels of blood lipids, including cholesterol and triglycerides.It is an excellent way to reduce stress, another independent risk factor for coronary heart disease. In addition, the initiation of an exercise program often helps stimulate or reinforce other positive life-style changes, such as better nutrition or smoking cessation. It promotes an enhanced self-image and sense of control.
Increased physical activity is associated with longer life, and in old age it can improve quality of life and the ability to continue enjoying work and recreation. In general, exercise provides a positive,enjoyable foundation for a healthier way of living; unlike many health-enhancing measures, it adds something pleasant to one’s existence rather than taking something away.