Health Problems That Improve With Exercise Are Many and Varied

Many of us are motivated to exercise primarily by the want to look good. However, sometimes we forget just how much exercising improves our health, either by curing health problems we have currently, or by preventing future health problem from cropping up. Still need incentive? Regular exercise effectively takes 5-10 years off the average person’s actual age (called your effectual age—this can be higher or lower than your chronological age, depending on how you treat your body).

Exercising has been linked to the improvement or prevention of the following health conditions (this is an abridged list):

1. Headaches, including migraines
2. Overweight and Obesity
3. The Common Cold
4. Asthma
5. Bronchitis
6. Heart Disease
7. Heart Attacks
8. Diarrhea and Constipation
9. Cancer
10. Diabetes
11. Hypertension
12. High Cholesterol
13. Hypo- and Hyperthyroid
14. Kidney Disease
15. Liver Disease
16. Chronic Fatigue
17. Fibromyalgia
18. Depression
19. Anxiety
20. Dementia
21. Alzheimer’s
22. Insomnia
23. Sleep Apnea
24. Narcolepsy
25. Impotence
26. PMS
27. Problems associated with menopause
28. Thrush/Candida
29. Fibroids
30. Osteoporosis
31. Endometriosis
32. Lupus
33. Arthritis
34. Prostate problems
35. Poor flexibility
36. Back pain
37. Shoulder and neck pain
38. Metabolic Syndrome X.

Physical fitness has also been directly linked to improved work performance--It turns out that lifestyle-related health risks have a significant impact on job performance. People who engage in moderate exercise do higher-quality work and demonstrate better job performance than those who lead sedentary lifestyles. Physically fit employees get along better with co-workers and take fewer sick days. It seems that people with better cardiovascular fitness and more strength perform tasks faster and do them with less effort. The link between exercise and well-being is so definitive that many employers and health organizations are encouraging their employees to adopt fitness programs.

Apparently, increasing physical activity to moderate levels is associated with declines in annual health care charges of, on average, $2,000 per person per year! This savings is a bonus on top of the increased productivity and improved lifestyle a person enjoys when he or she is physically fit.

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