• Physical Exercise – the Best Medicine or Not?

    Physical exercise benefits seem to be endless! 

    We have had a good look at what various authority internet sites have to say about physical exercise benefits – and believe us; there are simply an overwhelming list of positive health effects!

    20 Physical Exercise Benefits

    Physical exercise being an important factor to help you get that weight loss, there are also so fantastic many other health benefits of physical exercise, that we could not resist the temptation to share with you  what we found by merely having a quick search at Google internet.: The numerous advantages listed under can seem overwhelming, but believe us: these are only the ones mentioned by top ten Google websites when you search for “physical exercise benefits”!  As you will see, there are a lot of benefits being repeated over and over again, but even taken that into account, there is no doubt that the number of genuine benefits of physical exercise probably outnumber any medicine or method.

    As a matter of fact, the Staff at SecondsCount likes to put it this way:

    “In medicine, there is no magical cure-all. But if there were one, physical activity would be it. No other therapy provides as many health benefits!”

    We think that sums it up pretty well!(http://www.scai.org/SecondsCount/Resources/Detail.aspx?cid=6e31d302-528e-48dd-8380-ba0dfb4dd47a)

     Back to our “survey” on internet about physical exercise benefits.  Here is what we found:(We went randomly through 10 of the 50 highest Google pages when searching for “Physical Exercise Benefit”):

    1. Mayo Clinic:


    •  Controls weight
    •  Combats health conditions and diseases
    •  Improves mood
    •  Boosts energy
    •  Promotes better sleep
    •  Puts the spark back into your sex life
    •  Can be fun

    2. Centers for disease Control and Prevention



    3. Harvard School of Public Health

    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/staying-active-full-story/ :

    • Simple regular activities like walking and biking substantially reduces the chances of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in different population.
    • Next to not smoking, getting regular physical activity is arguably the best thing you can do for your health!

    4. From MedicineNet.com

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10074 :

    • Decreasing the risk for Heart Disease and Stroke.
    • Decreasing the risk for Peripheral Vascular Disease.
    • Can reduce blood pressure in those with high blood pressure levels.
    • Can help to prevent and control Noninsulin-Dependent Diabetes.
    • Can help control weight and prevent obesity
    • Helps to prevent back pain.
    • May prevent many forms of bone loss (Osteoporosis) associated with aging.
    • Likely to reduce depression and anxiety and help you to better manage stress.
    • Running and aerobic exercise have been shown to postpone the development of disability in older adults.

    5. From Fitness magazine

    http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/motivation/get-started/power-surge-the-hidden-benefits-of-exercise/ :

    They are quoting from The Cooper Clinic in Dallas:

    • As little as 30 minutes of cardio three to five days a week will add six years to your life!

    FITNESS advisory board member Michele Olson, PhD, professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University at Montgomery in Alabama:“ The moment you head out on your run, launch into your Spinning class, or start your Pilates session, the benefits of exercise kick in. “We see changes in the body within seconds,”. Your heart rate increases, and blood is delivered to your muscles. You start burning calories for fuel. And you get an almost immediate mood boost”

    Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise:

    • You’re protecting yourself against colds, flu, you name it.
    • Exercise elevates your level of immunoglobulins, which are proteins that help bolster your immune system and ward off infection.
    • “Every sweat session you do can help strengthen your immune function for about 24 hours.”

    6. From “SecondsCount”


    Physical activity helps you live longer and prevent many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal blood lipid (cholesterol and triglyceride) profile, stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and colon and  breast cancers.

    • Improves cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness.
    • Raises your metabolism and helps you lose weight more easily (or eat more without gaining weight).
    • Helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and improve your mood.
    • Helps maintain brain function in older adults.
    • Helps with digestion and promotes regular bowel movements.
    • Increases bone density.
    • Helps you age more gracefully by maintaining your looks and your agility.
    • Improves sleep quality.
    • Improves your overall quality of life.


    7. From “NutriStrategy”


     How Physical Activity Impacts Health

    Regular physical activity that is performed on most days of the week reduces the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of illness and death in the United States.

    • Reduces the risk of dying prematurely.
    • Reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease.
    • Reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
    • Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure.
    • Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.
    • Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
    • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
    •  Helps control weight.
    • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
    • Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling.
    • Promotes psychological well-being.


    8. From “Ideafit”

    http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/benefits-of-exercise :

    People of all ages can improve the quality of their lives and reduce the risks of developing coronary heart disease,hypertension, some cancers and type 2 diabetes with ongoing participation in moderate physical activity and exercise. Daily exercise will also enhance one’s mental well-being and promote healthy musculoskeletal function throughout life. Although habitual physical activity is an attainable goal on the path to a healthier life, more than half of U.S. adults do not get ? 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day at least 5 days per week (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

    Common health issues that can be positively affected, prevented or controlled by exercise:

    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Diabetes, Insulin Sensitivity and Glucose Metabolism
    • Hypertension
    • Blood Triglycerides,
    • Stroke
    • Colon, Breast, Lung and Multiple Myeloma Cancers
    • Osteoporosis.
    • Skeletal Health
    • Body Composition and Obesity
    • Arthritis
    • Stress
    • Mood State
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Self-Esteem


    As you can see: The list of benefits of physical exercise seems almost endless: almost any problem you might have about your health – including problems with weight – regular physical exercise will have a positive impact!  We therefore strongly advise you to start with some kind of physical exercise.  Even daily walking will be beneficial – and a good start for the lazy of us!  Look to our article “What kind of exercise is best” to get some starting, and maybe new ideas for you!



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