Regular exercise leaves you full of vitality and a get-up-and-go attitude. People who exercise regularly already know that if they skip a few days they start to feel tired and lethargic, which is how many people feel who never exercise.
With the right type of exercise and nutrition you can dramatically reduce the risk of many common illnesses and diseases, including cardiovascular disease, various cancers and type II diabetes:
General health: Regular exercise has many health benefits. It can boost some vital processes in the body such as stimulating your digestion, liver function and your glycogen system (stored glucose, mainly in the muscles and the liver). Exercise will lead to an improved immune system, revitalize and enhance your sex life, and may very well add years to your life. Strength training has the ability to tone, build and improve the speed of muscle contraction and reaction time through the development of strong neuromuscular pathways. You will also become more agile and benefit in many ways from improved coordination and balance.
Heart disease: Exercising three to four times a week and eating healthily have a positive effect on your heart. Exercise also lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure, which considerably reduces the chances of suffering a heart attack.
Osteoporosis: Regular weight-bearing exercise helps to build bone tissue and prevent age-related bone-density loss.
Type II diabetes: Regular exercise will dramatically reduce the risk of developing type II diabetes. A weight increase of 5-10kg/11-22lb doubles the risk of developing type II diabetes. More than 80 percent of people with type II diabetes are overweight or obese.
Cancer: Exercise reduces the risk of some cancers. Two ovarian hormones that are linked to breast cancer, estradiol and progesterone, are reduced by exercise. Studies have shown that regular exercise can help prevent breast cancer by up to 60 percent. Several studies also show that obese people who live sedentary lives are at increased risk of endometrial, colon, gall bladder, prostate and kidney cancers.
Obesity: A combination of cardiovascular and strength training will increase the metabolism and improve the body’s ability to burn calories. This helps to reduce the risk of developing one of the many obesity-related diseases as well as increasing well-being.
Psychological health: The symptoms of depression and anxiety have been clinically proven to be reduced by regular exercise. Stress is part of everyday life but exercise can equip you to cope with the stress more effectively. Exercise will give you greater endurance to tackle daily tasks, improve the quality of your sleep, increase your energy levels and give you an new and improved body shape, which boosts self-esteem.