Benefits of exercise are many and they vary with each of us because we all are unique. So what will work for most may not work for some people

One example is, some of us are allergic to sit ups. The fabled Jack LaLanne could do 1000 in one day. That Does not work for me.

But crunches-the belly exercise and not the snack food- do work.

Here are many varieties of crunches that do work for me.

So, what to do? Different exercises will help different folks because of that uniqueness. But we all will get most of the Benefits of exercise including:

These benefits of exercise that lead the way to better health will not only elevate your good mood because of the brain releasing endorphins, but also greatly increase your energy levels.

Increased energy levels help get you going, which then leads to a better functioning body. Almost all your bodily functions will improve. That should elevate your mood-make you feel good.

Now, for those of you training for senior iron-man and iron-woman competitions or marathons, this is not for you. It is for us everyday folk who need and will greatly benefit from moving our bodies more, eating more natural foods and having energy to spend fighting fatigue.

The benefits of exercise outweigh the objections. Sure we might think we don't have the time or we "don't feel like it" or we'd rather sit on the couch and watch TV. Anything that improves body function is well worth the minimal effort it takes to simply feel better. We all want to feel our best.

* An expert on heart health explains the benefits of exercise taken from a study of active older folks

Exercise for Heart Health By Kirsten Whittaker

"Score another point for regular exercise. The heart... arguably the most vital organ in your body, is preserved in the elderly by lifelong, consistent exercise according to some surprising new research focusing on exercise for heart health. What's even more impressive, the heart mass can match (or exceed) those of younger, healthy sedentary adults.

It appears that being active, regularly over a lifetime, works to preserve the youthful elasticity of the heart in old age. Every decade you spend on the couch decreases your heart muscle mass, but for those who get up and get moving - 6 to 7 times every week through their adult life - not only hold onto heart mass, but build it up as well. Lifelong exercisers ended up having a heart mass that was greater than healthy, but inactive, adults in the 25 to 34 age range.

The work included 121 healthy adults without any previously reported heart disease. Just about half (59) were sedentary participants who had been recruited out of a heart study that draws from a very large, multi-ethnic population in Dallas County. Just over half (62, all over 65) lifelong exercisers were recruited from a long running study that has documented the exercise habits of its participants over 25 years.

The researchers looked at how many aerobic exercise sessions (walking, jogging, cycling) were done each week, and did not focus on either the intensity of the workout, or its duration, though most sessions were longer than 20 minutes.

The participants were divided into four groups, the non exercisers, casual (2/3 times a week) exercisers, committed (4/5 times per week) exercisers and master athletes (6/7 times per week). Measurements of heart mass, obtained through MRIs showed that the sedentary subjects had less heart muscle mass as they got older, while the lifelong exercisers had expansion.

Just four to five sessions a week... lasting over 20 minutes... brought a benefit.

It's a well known feature of the aging process, muscle mass is lost as the years pass, especially skeletal muscle. Experts are seeing that a reduction of muscle mass can also happen in the heart, and this makes it weaker, less able to do its job for the body.

The researchers contend that if medicine can identify those in middle age (45-60 years old) and get them up and moving four or five times weekly, this could play a huge part in helping to prevent some of the troublesome heart problems associated with old age, possibly even heart failure."

Make a Commitment

 Making a commitment to consistent exercise or at the very least move more, even in midlife, can bring benefits that last into old age. I will attest to the fact that exercising at my age of 67 has benefited me immensely.

 For a hard charging, hard edged approach to mens health for those of you over 40 here is a site that , while not politically correct gets right to the core approach to fitness.

 he take home message from the work - exercise for heart health and overall fitness, over a lifetime is truly worth the effort. It might not be any big news flash, anything you didn't already know... now you have confirmation that being active brings some pretty significant benefits - beyond looking great, having more energy and feeling fantastic. 

 Science is only just finding out how very beneficial to the body activity and Exercise really is.

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