We all know exercise is the key to greater fitness and losing those few extra kilos or gaining that muscle mass you’re looking for. But did you know that exercise actually decreases the risk of some major health issues? We’re not talking the common cold here, we’re talking about some major health concerns.
Here are just a few major health issues that exercise can make a huge difference to…
Exercise decreases the risk of a Heart Attack – exercising regularly, combined with healthy changes in your diet, lowers your cholesterol and blood pressure which greatly reduces the chances of having a heart attack.
Exercise decreases the risk of Osteoporosis – exercising regularly, especially weight-bearing exercise, greatly diminishes the risk of osteoporosis and can even reverse it by building bone tissue! That’s pretty good incentive to start getting fit and healthy.
Exercise can reduce the risk of developing Breast Cancer by up to 60% – sounds too good to be true right? But estradiol and progesterone, the two ovarian hormones linked to breast cancer tumor production, are lowered in the body by… you guessed it, exercise! This is because a woman’s body is most susceptible to these hormones between ovulation and menstruation, but habitual exercise can delay ovulation until later in the menstrual cycle, thereby reducing the time a woman must fight these hormones. Not only that, but fat is a catalyst in the production of estrogen (estradiol) and, as we know, regular exercise burns body fat, thus decreasing the rate of estrogen production.
There are so many other types of illness that exercise helps reduce or prevent, so how about adding some regular exercise into your routine. After all, a long, happy and HEALTHY life is what we all strive for.