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The Importance of Exercise

Contributed by: Tanaziona Lucious

There are many known benefits for starting a regular exercise regimen. Exercise can:

  • Decrease the risk of falling and improves balance

  • Decrease the negative effects of stress on the body and mind

  • Improve regular sleep schedules and allow a more sound and deep sleep

  • Increase bone density and decreases risk of injury

  • Combat health conditions and disease. Some of the conditions include:

o   Stroke

o   High blood pressure

o   Type 2 diabetes

o   Depression

o   Arthritis

o   Metabolic Syndrome

Adopting the right mindset when exercising can make it an activity to look forward to. It is an activity that can be completed alone that helps improve relaxation, or it can be completed as a group amongst family or friends.

The benefits of exercise do more than change and enhance physique, it can change a person’s emotional and mental wellbeing. It is proven to reduce depression, anxiety, and improve mood.

Here are some tips to make exercise more enjoyable:

  • Find a way to fit exercise into daily routines, such as taking the stairs at work.

  • Make it a social activity, like dance class or recreational activities.

  • Keep track frequency, to increase motivation.

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