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The Health Benefits of Physical Fitness

There are so many health benefits of physical fitness that I could write a whole book in and of itself on the topic. But since this is not a book we will just highlight some of its most important health benefits. So let’s get started by discussing some of the health benefits of physical fitness and why you should set up a regular physical fitness and exercise program.

Health Benefits of Exercise and Physical Fitness

  1. Exercise and physical fitness minimizes your chances of developing heart disease and as a consequence could possibly overall reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  2. A steady exercise program helps keep your blood pressure under control. This will in turn decrease your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, as well as damage to your brain and kidneys.
  3. It reduces your chances of having abnormal cholesterol levels.health benefits of physical fitness
  4. Exercise and physical activity helps you sleep better at night. More specifically, you will sleep better by maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout the week.
  5. A regular exercise program will help boost your energy level.
  6. It will decrease your risk of developing diabetes.
  7. Exercise works better than or equal to pharmaceutical drugs for treating anxiety and depression. Research studies show exercise as a powerful, well-studied way to burn off stress chemicals and heal the mind. Just more evidence that preventative healthcare is a safer and more effective alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. [1] [2]

So let’s continue on with our health benefits of physical fitness.

  1. Staying physically fit will help improve your attitude, make you less moody and enhance your overall mental and psychological well-being.
  2. A regular exercise and physical fitness routine will help keep your weight under control.
  3. A steady exercise program will help reduce various forms of cancer including colon and breast cancer.

The bottom line here is that because exercise is such a powerful medicine, it becomes imperative that everyone include it in their daily routine. In fact not exercising everyday can be considered high risk behavior along with smoking, excess drinking and obesity. [3]

So this is just a partial list of the many benefits attributed to a regular exercise and physical fitness program. And like I said, exercise is so beneficial to your health and wellbeing that it is worthy of a topic for a book in and of itself.

So this now concludes our list of the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of setting up a regular physical fitness and exercise program.

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1. Lynette L. Craft, Ph.D. and Frank M. Perna, Ed.D., Ph.D. The Benefits of Exercise for the Clinically Depressed. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2004; 6(3): 104–111. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC474733/#i1523-5998-6-3-104-b7

2. Michael Greger, M.D. Exercise vs. Drugs for Depression. Volume 23 · March 11th 2015. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/exercise-vs-drugs-for-depression/

3. Michael Greger, M.D. Longer Life Within Walking Distance. Volume 19 · June 4th 2014. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/longer-life-within-walking-distance/