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TOP 10 Reasons to Exercise
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Top ten reason to exercise

Exercise helps your mood and helps you manage stress. You feel better mentally and physically with proper exercise. Exercise helps you gain a sense of accomplishment (even during frustrating work days) with the resulting confidence in controlling your body motion. The actual process of exercise action involves your control of the intensity and methodical, rhythmic activity, which can be meditative and euphoric. The resulting control of your body gives you a healthy, affirmative contrast to other uncontrolled stress in your life that involve doubt and uncertainty. The post-exercise rest period also feels good. The proper timing and intensity of exercise can also improve sleep. Excessive intensity right before bed can you keep you 'wired' and over-alert during the immediate post-exercise period, while lighter forms of exercise can help induce sleep.

Top ten reasons to exercise Number 2

Exercise keeps you ready for action in life by improving human performance ability. Improvements in strength, power, endurance, balance, coordination and flexibility help you meet challenges of sports, job related activities and common activities of daily living. Specific physical training helps your body become even more efficient and successful at performing targeted tasks. You become stronger and perform tasks more efficiently -- consuming more or less energy as needed and improving your ability to generate and accommodate forces resulting in a decreased chance of strain on the musculoskeletal system. Exercise can help you perform more effectively for specific job tasks. Athletes, police officers, firefighters and many other professionals benefit from improvement in specific bodily skills and by the underlying physical and mental calmness that a physically conditioned person can maintain during exertion. When tasks involve excessive exertion, physically conditioned individuals will usually return to resting heart rates and respiration rates sooner when allowed to rest. The physiological effect can have a positive effect on emotional and intellectual responses by reducing fear, by reducing stress hormone response and keeping the mind in a state that makes good decisions for performance and control

Top reasons to exercise - Number 3

Exercise (in the right amount) boosts the immune system. Excessive endurance exercise can lower resistance to respiratory infections, but proper attention to exercise intensity and volume (duration and quantity of training sessions) and nutrition support can boost the immune system.

Fourth top reason to exercise

Exercise reduces the risk of diseases associated with aging. Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, diabetes and other diseases.

5th top reason to exercise

Exercise improves your sense of balance and improves your coordination, which reduces your risk of (a) musculoskeletal injuries caused by overexertion and overuse (resulting in sprains and strains/repetitive trauma) or (b) loss of control (resulting in falls, collisions, sprains, strains and fractures/acute trauma) from an unstable environment or worthy opponent.

Sixth top reason to exercise

Exercise helps you endure challenges in life. The discipline, endurance and stamina that you gain from training, transfers to help conquer other worldly challenges in life. Exercise and training is essential in developing the winning attitude of a champion. By learning to set goals, set affirmations and believe in yourself, you develop a mindset of confidence that accomplishes and matches your intentions. Failure becomes a learning experience for the next win. Failure is never a defeat. Failure is an education. You adapt. You persevere. You win. You learn with small or large accomplishments in training that what you couldn't do yesterday, you will eventually be able to do tomorrow.

Seventh top reason to exercise

Exercise helps control body weight, reducing stress on joints and the low back; and reducing the risk of diabetes.

Eigth top reason to exercise

Exercise improves your physical appearance with improved body composition, muscle tone and hypertrophy, postural control and blood circulation to the skin.

Ninth top reason to exercise

Exercise helps you live a more vigorous life, improving the quality of life. Also, you are likely to spend less time with disabilities near the end of life. Exercise helps you maintain a physical state that preserves self-reliance, may reduce your need for health care visits, which may save you money.

Tenth top reason to exercise

Exercise might help you live longer. In a study* of 16,936 Harvard alumni, aged 35 to 74, death rates declined steadily for people who burned from 500 up to 3500 kcal per week. Beyond 3500 kcal per week, death rates increased slightly. Death rates were one quarter to one third lower among people who expended 2000 kcal or more per week. With or without consideration of hypertension, cigarette smoking, extremes or gains in body weight, or early death of parents; death rates were still significantly lower for people who had adequate exercise. By age 80, the amount of additional life attributed to adequate exercise (compared to being sedentary) was one year to greater than two years.

Paffenbarger RS Jr, Hyde RT, Wing AL, Hsieh CC. Physical activity, all-cause mortality, and longevity of college alumni. N Engl J Med. 1986 Mar 6;314(10):605-13

* The proper exercise type and intensity leads to the aforementioned benefits. Improper exercise can have detrimental effects. Exercise at excessive intensity or the wrong type of exercise can cause heart attacks, decrease the effectiveness of the immune system or damage joints.

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