Health Benefits of Exercise

Remember when we were in school and were “forced” to take Physical Education? We were told it was “good” for us. Well science has provided us with overwhelming evidence that exercise is actually good for us. Regular exercise can help protect us from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, noninsulin-dependent diabetes (Adult-onset diabetes), obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and can improve our mood and help us to better manage stress.

Physicians, Health Care Professionals and Personal Trainers caution us to start slowly if we have been inactive for a while. Start out with less strenuous activities such as walking or swimming at a comfortable pace. You can even do these exercises in the winter months to allow you exercise all year long. Beginning at a slow pace will allow you to become physically fit without straining your body. Once you are in better shape, you can gradually do more strenuous activity.