Start in 2023 to work out, exercise for your health, and enrich your life.
Can’t you eat better and still maintain your health just the same? Can anyone tell me what the natural health benefits of exercise are, or is it just speculation based on heresy?
Americans spend more than 600 billion dollars per year on health care. That equals almost $3,000 for everyone in the country’s population. Sadly, this financial commitment has shown no signs of any decrease, nor has it produced entirely acceptable results concerning treating various chronic health problems.
Attempts have been made to identify the factors which have been significant contributions to the epidemic of medical problems in our society today, and several probable reasons for why so many people are so seemingly unhealthy have been named as; poor eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle, stress, poor health habits (i.e., smoking).
At the same time, studies have been done to see what can be done to lower the number or the severity of the medical problems affecting the public. These studies have shown convincing evidence that keeping fit has substantial medical benefits for people of all ages. Two of the most publicized efforts to investigate the possible link between activity and disease were longitudinal studies, each using more than 10,000 subjects.
Some years ago, in a study of 17,000 Harvard graduates, Ralph Paffenbarger, M.D., found that men who expended 300 calories per day, the equivalent of walking briskly for 45 minutes, reduced their death rates from all causes by 28% and lived an average of two years longer than their sedentary former classmates.
A more recent study conducted by Steven Blair, P.E.D., of the Institute of Aerobics Research in Dallas, documented that a relatively moderate amount of exercise significantly affects the mortality rate of both men and women.
The data was adjusted for age differences between subjects in an eight-year study of 13,344 individuals, and the conclusion was that the higher the fitness level, the lower the death rate.
Accepting that regular activities can be essential in reducing your risk of a medical problem and overall healthcare costs is a critical step.
While listing all of the medical issues and conditions that can be at least partially treated and controlled by exercise would be extensive, here are a few of the most significant health concerns and how training is thought to help in each case.
- Allergies: exercise is one of the body’s most efficient ways to control nasal congestion.
- Angina: regular aerobic exercise dilates vessels, increasing blood flow, thereby improving your body’s ability to extract oxygen from the bloodstream.
- Anxiety: lifting weights triggers the release of mood-altering chemicals in the brain.
- Arthritis: by making the skeletal joints move, exercise induces the manufacture of synovial fluid. It helps to distribute it over the cartilage and to force it to circulate throughout the joint space.
- Back pain: exercise helps strengthen your abdominal and lower back muscles.
- Cholesterol: walking will raise your HDL (the good cholesterol) in the blood and lower your LDL levels, the bad cholesterol.
Diabetes: Walking helps lower your blood sugar levels and improves circulation
Heart disease: exercise by lowering body fat, lowering your LDL levels, decreasing your blood pressure, reducing your heart rate, and increasing heart and lung efficiency lowers the risk of heart problems.
- Knee problems: Walking helps strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the knee, making it more able to withstand stress.
- Menstrual problems and PMS: exercise helps control the hormonal imbalances often associated with PMS by increasing beta-endorphins release.
- Osteoporosis: being active promotes bone density, lowering the risk of bone fractures.Overweight problems: activity suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolic rate, burns fat, and increases lean muscle mass.