Benefits of Exercise

Benefits of Exercise Adding an exercise routine to your medical weight loss program can encourage long-term weight management. Exercise encourages weight loss by burning calories, toning muscle and improving metabolic health.

Problem with Inactivity

Living an inactive lifestyle is associated with increased risk for chronic disease, weight gain and mental health concerns. Unfortunately, the rise in sedentary work positions and growth of technology has encouraged more people to spend less time being active.

Only approximately 30 percent of adults in the United States claim to exercise regularly. This lack of activity is credited with considerable contribution to growing rates of type-2 diabetes, obesity and depression.

For those who are in good health and are physically able to exercise, it is generally recommended you engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five days per week. This adds up to 2.5 hours of exercise weekly.

Staying active can:

  • Encourage long-term weight management
  • Reduce your risk of chronic disease
  • Improve quality of life with age
  • Relieve stress and symptoms of depression and anxiety

Types of Activity

There are several different types of exercise, including cardiovascular activity, strength building exercise and flexibility training. Each form of physical fitness provides its own benefits, including benefits to mental and physical health:

  • Cardiovascular activity: This form of exercise is also known as aerobic activity. It is good for heart health and blood circulation. It also helps improve mental clarity and can help reduce stress.
  • Strength training: This form of exercise includes weight lifting and body-weight activities like push-ups. This exercise especially benefits targeted muscle groups, helping to build strength. Preserving muscle strength can reduce your risk of osteoporosis and bone deterioration with age.
  • Flexibility and stretching: This includes activities like yoga and Pilates, as well as basic stretching before other forms of exercise. These activities gradually warm the muscles, preventing against injury. Flexibility training is shown to increase range of motion and improve balance, as well as encourage stress management.

Get started with low-impact activities like walking, swimming and light strength training activities with resistance bands or body weight. Prior to starting any new fitness routine, it is recommended you check with a physician to ensure you are ready for the physical challenge ahead.

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