The benefits of daily exercise are innumerable. Daily exercise does far more than just burn calories. Daily exercise strengthens muscle and bone thus reducing the risk of injury. Studies have shown that people who exercise daily recover from injury faster than people who do not exercise regularly. if injury occurs, the cumulative effect of daily exercise reduces downtime and speeds recovery. Daily exercise additionally helps to control blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol as well as weight.
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Daily exercise further improves mood and relieves stress. Yes, it is addicting in a very good way!
Studies have shown that not just exercise, but resistance training; like lifting weights increases the metabolic rate and thereby burns calories. As a side benefit, increased muscle mass also increases the density or strength of the bone it attaches to, thereby reducing osteoporosis as we age!
But How Does Exercise Improve Our Health?
In an article written by Dr. Alfonso Galan-Gonzalez of the Neolife Medical Team, he details the interaction between exercise, specifically High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT); resistance exercise ( weight lifting) and metabolic pathways. These pathways like mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin), AMPK, Insulin and Insulin like growth factor as well as growth hormone influence our blood glucose, fatty acid oxidation, muscle density and cholesterol among other factors. In his article he also discusses the role of intermittent fasting and autophagy, how we can help help our cells to regenerate and actually produce more mitochondria (cellular energy generators). Exercise and fasting can help reduce our risk of type two diabetes, cancer and even Alzheimers’. Recent studies indicate that exercise boosts the immune system.
Do you need more reason to exercise? Watch this interview.
If you begin a new exercise program or a new sport good for you! Please learn how to warm up, cool down and stretch properly without injuring yourself.
If you do get hurt, see a Sports Medicine physician. I’m accepting new patients, please call to schedule an appointment.