The Many Health Benefits of Exercise
Just as there are at least 20 diseases and conditions directly attributable to being overweight, there are a large number of health benefits that are directly attributable to exercise.
By improving your physical fitness, you can effectively:
- Lower your triglyceride levels
- Increase your levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL)
- Lower your blood glucose levels
- Normalize your insulin levels
All of these factors are indicators of “metabolic fitness,” which is a cornerstone of optimal health. Even older people who do endurance exercise training end up with metabolically younger hearts.
Additional health benefits, many of which are the direct result of normalizing your insulin levels, include:
In addition, exercise has been associated with preventing telomere shortening, making it a very powerful anti-aging strategy. (For more information on telomeres, please see this previous article.) And, if you exercise properly, which I’ll discuss in a moment, you can reap even greater anti-aging benefits.
With nearly 7 out of 10 Americans being overweight, and 1 in 4 being affected with diabetes or pre-diabetes, the American diet is clearly in dire need of a radical overhaul. Drugs won’t fix these dismal health statistics. Only a return to sane, healthy eating habits will.
Further, knowledge truly is power, and the more people become informed, the faster it will prompt real change to come about. Several wonderful movies that will give you an excellent overview of the problems with modern agriculture and the need for a food revolution, which I highly recommend you watch and share with your friends and family, are:
- Food, Inc.
- The Future of Food
- Food Matters
- Fast Food Nation
- The World According To Monsanto
When I’m in a grocery store, which isn’t very often, I am boggled by the junk in people’s shopping carts at the checkout counter. I want to say something to let these people know what terrible things they are putting into their bodies and being horribly bad role models for their children! ….. Carts full of whole milk, 2 liter soda bottles, processed meats and cold cuts, white bread, sugary cereal, processed snacks, etc. Obesity is an epidemic in the US and it keeps getting worse! Is it because people just don’t care? I think it’s because people need good role models in their lives and they need inspiration and motivation. I know if I could hang out with any person for one month I could dramatically change their health and their life. I can give you the information without being next to you but then the most important part for success is up to you.
Do you know what that is? It’s MIND-BODY CONNECTION. You think and then you do. You are what you think you are. Taking action. Visualization. The mind controls the body. What stops you from going to the gym, playing some tennis, going out for a jog, etc.? It’s not because your legs are paralyzed…..it’s because your mind isn’t strong enough. You have to practice Mind-body connection skills to be successful at it and incorporate it into your daily lifestyle. Once you do, and have the knowledge on nutrition, exercise and avoiding the many health risks of the modern era, you will be successful at your journey to optimal health.