Everybody knows that regular exercise is one of the keys to a healthy life.  It has the ability to reward you with longevity by helping to protect you from major illnesses such high blood pressure, stroke, heart diseases and diabetes.

It makes you stronger and it increases your endurance and stamina.  It promotes good sleep, helps you to observe self-discipline and makes you more conscious about your health and well-being.

Exercise has that special effect which can improve your mood and alleviate your stress and anxiety.

Here are some of the health benefits of exercise:

1. It helps to prevent stroke and heart diseases

Regular exercises taken for at least 20 minutes a day can help to strengthen your heart muscles.  It also helps to lower blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol levels, lessen bad cholesterol and enhance your blood flow.  All these translate to a reduced risk of heart diseases and stroke.

2. It helps to prevent obesity and diabetes

Regular physical exercises help to prevent obesity which can cause diabetes and other diseases.  It works by reducing the buildup of body fat and promoting the development of muscles and enhancing your body’s ability to use calories.

3. It helps to prevent back pain and osteoporosis

Exercise increases muscle strength as well as it enhances your flexibility and posture.  Exercising (with weights) plays a good role in your body’s bone formation function.  It also helps to prevent osteoporosis.

4. It helps to reduce stress

Regular physical exercise can help to alleviate stress and improve your mood because it stimulates your pituitary glands to release endorphins, the chemical that your body produces to give you the feeling of natural high.  A combination of exercise and sunlight has also been found to reduce depression.

According to fitness experts, one of the best ways to get the best out of regular physical activities is to engage in aerobic exercises for at least 30 minutes three times a week.

For beginners, it is good to start off on less strenuous activities like walking at a comfortable pace.  It can help to make you fit without straining your body.  It also prepares you for a more strenuous regimen once you are fit to perform a more physically demanding activity.

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