We all know and understand that exercise is good for us, we recognize that we feel good and look better with physical activity, these facts are well known, regardless, exercise is a choice.  If you choose to have regular exercise as part of your routine, you are doing yourself a world of good. Immediate benefits of exercise include increased flexibility, weight management and improved mental health. However, there are numerous long-term health benefits attributed to consistent exercise, including staying healthier in later life.

Strengthen Your Bones, Muscles and Joints

As we age, bones get weak without activity as we lose bone mass and density.  Bones are strengthened with consistent exercise.  Daily workouts increase endurance and strengthen the muscles that protect and support joints, an essential part of regular body movement.  Daily exercise will dramatically decrease the effects of joint pain, stiffness, and arthritis.

Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Blood pressure can be a leading factor in contributing to other diseases such as heart diseases, brain diseases, and many others. Those that are inactive are more prone to have high blood pressure. Exercise helps maintain blood pressure and decreases the chances of these diseases.

Sedative lifestyles can be hazardous and become the reason for a heart attack. Keep your heart strong with regular exercise. When you exercise, the heart is forced to pump more blood and oxygen to the body, making it stronger. A stronger heart requires less effort to pump more blood, making you less susceptible to heart diseases.

Regular exercise helps to reduce cholesterol levels and in turn fights heart diseases. Exercise reduces bad cholesterols, total cholesterols, and triglycerides and boost good cholesterols.

A Natural and Powerful Antidepressant

Regular physical exercise supports good mental health and helps reduce symptoms of depressions. Exercise releases a chemical called endorphins; this is natural within the body to make us feel better.  Exercise continued over time releases proteins called neurotrophic, which cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections. The improvement in brain function makes you feel better. Long-term health benefits of exercise will increase your chances of living longer, stronger, healthier, prevents falls and ultimately improve your ability to better perform general daily activities.