The Health Benefits of Exercise

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Exercise, General Health
Last Reviewed 02/22/2014

The Health Benefits of Exercise

Exercise rejuvenates virtually every organ in your body, adding energy to your days and years to your life. Some of the most common diseases of aging can actually be prevented, postponed or even reversed through the benefits of regular exercise.

Here are just a few of the many health benefits of regular exercise:

Rejuvenates your cardiovascular system

  • Strengthens heart function
  • Lowers resting heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improves oxygen delivery throughout the body
  • Increases blood supply to the muscles
  • Helps lower blood cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Raises protective HDL cholesterol

Strengthens your musculoskeletal system

  • Increases muscle strength and flexibility
  • Strengthens bones, ligaments and tendons
  • Improves posture

Improves mental functioning

Enhances overall health

  • Improves immune function
  • Aids digestion and elimination
  • Increases endurance and energy levels
  • Promotes lean body mass and burns fat

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