Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Medical Benefits of Exercise

Research shows that regular physical activity can help reduce your risk for several diseases and health conditions and improve your overall quality of life. Regular physical activity can also help with weight management. Below are just a few of the benefits of staying active.

Weight Control.
Regular activity can help to decrease body fat by preserving and /or building muscle mass. It can also increase ones metabolism which improves the body's ability to burn off calories. When physical activity is combined with good nutrition, it can help control weight and prevent obesity, both which are major risk factors for many diseases.
Bone strengthRegular weight-bearing exercise promotes bone formation and may prevent many forms of bone loss associated with aging (osteoporosis).

Heart Disease and Stroke.
Regular physical activity can help prevent these two diseases. Exercise can improve blood flow and increase your heart's working capacity. It also can strengthen your heart muscle, lower your blood pressure, raise your HDL levels (good cholesterol) and lower LDL levels (bad cholesterol). It can also help with decreasing the risk for peripheral vascular disease.

High Blood Pressure.
Regular physical activity can reduce blood pressure. Physical activity can also reduce body fat, which is associated with high blood pressure.

Type 2 Diabetes
By reducing body fat, physical activity can help to prevent and control this type of diabetes.

Mood Enhancer
Regular physical activity can improve your mood and the way you feel about yourself. Researchers have found that people that exercise regularly are more likely to manage stress in addition to reducing anxiety and depression

Peter A. Fields, MD,DC is one of a handful of physicians in the nation with both medical and chiropractic degrees. His practice, Pacific Prolotherapy & Medical Wellness Center offers an integrative approach to health and fitness and is located in Santa Monica, CA. For additional information please go to his website: Prolotherapy Los Angeles

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