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It’s no surprise that many people see exercise as a way to improve their physical appearance.  Yet there is substantial evidence to prove that regular physical activity can do so much more for your body!

Don’t believe us?  Check out these 10 benefits of regular exercise.

1.       Weight Management

In terms of weight management, dieting and exercise go hand in hand.  Did you know that dieting alone can actually lead to muscle loss?  When coupled with regular physical activity, which allows you to maintain muscle mass, the two components make the ideal team.

2.       Blood Pressure

Many Americans struggle with high blood pressure.  If you’re one of them, it’s important to note that aerobic exercises can work to lower that blood pressure.

3.       Circulation

Physical activity also results in improved circulation throughout the body.  As with anything, practice makes perfect.  The more often you exercise, the easier it becomes to work out longer and at an increased intensity.

4.       Osteoporosis

Weight-bearing workouts put the right kind of stress on your bones and muscles.  Over time, such exercises can help prevent bone fractures and osteoporosis.

5.       Diabetes

Regular physical activity can delay and even prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.  For those who already have diabetes, exercise works to improve blood sugar control.

6.       Cholesterol

Exercise can improve your cholesterol by increasing HDL levels and decreasing triglyceride levels.

7.       Dementia

Some studies have found a link between physical fitness and cognitive functions.  This evidence suggests that working out can actually help to prevent or delay dementia in your later years.

8.       Stress & Depression

If you’re not used to working out, a bit of soreness is to be expected.  Mentally, however, you may notice that you feel better than ever!  Most people see a decrease in their stress levels after exercising.  That’s because physical activity has been proven to reduce both tension and anxiety.  Patients who suffer from depression will likely see positive improvements as well.

9.       Addiction

There are several reasons why regular exercise can work to combat addictions, including smoking for example.  Exercise reduces stress levels, improves your outlook, combats weight gain, and provides an excellent distraction while quitting an addiction.  Furthermore, exercise can help to reduce any uncomfortable feelings of withdrawal.

10.   Cancer

Finally, there is also some evidence out there, which suggests that physical fitness may prevent prostate and breast cancers.

In addition to these numerous benefits, regular exercise can increase your productivity, help you sleep better, and cause you to live a longer, healthier life!

Why not start today?  It’s easy to find reasons for why you can’t exercise, but with all of these factors combined, you really can’t afford to wait.  Time is limited, and there won’t always be the “I’ll do it tomorrow” excuse to fall back on.

Stay tuned to our blog for more exercise tips and tricks!  For an individual physical evaluation and road map for becoming a better “you,” schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Frazine today.