Ten Reasons To Exercise

Posted: August 24, 2013

We all know that exercise is good for us but do you know just how good it is?

Here are 10 reasons to exercise from North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension.

  1. Exercise improves your quality of life. It gives you more energy to do the activities you enjoy and will enhance your capability to do the things you like to do at home, work, and play.
  2. Exercise relieves depression. Researchers have found that mildly to moderately depressed individuals who participate in aerobic exercise for 15 to 30 minutes at least every other day typically experience a positive mood swing within 2 to 3 weeks.
  3. Exercise may prevent certain types of cancer. Even relatively low intensity levels of physical activity may play a positive role in preventing some types of cancer, in particular, colon cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of the female reproductive organs.
  4. Exercise boosts self-image. It’s a fact: people who exercise regularly feel better about themselves than their couch potato friends do.
  5. Exercise relieves stress and anxiety. About an hour and a half after a relatively intense bout of physical activity, our bodies experience a period of noticeable physical and emotional relaxation.
  6. Exercise reduces our risk of heart disease. Non-exercisers are twice as likely to develop heart disease as are regular exercisers. Furthermore, individuals who exercise on a regular basis are at least 20% less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack.
  7. Exercise can slow down the aging process. Sound exercise can slow the age-related decline in the various physiological systems that many individuals experience as they get older. Typically, older adults lose aerobic fitness at the rate of 10% per year. With proper exercise, your aerobic capacity can increase as you age.
  8. Exercise increases the “good” (HDL) cholesterols. At the same time exercise increases your level of HDL, it lowers your level of LDL (“bad” cholesterol).
  9. Exercise improves the quality of sleep. Research shows that exercisers go to sleep more quickly, sleep more soundly, and are more refreshed than individuals who don’t exercises.
  10. Exercise improves mental sharpness. Exercise can energize and revitalize your brain as well as your body. Exercisers have better memories, better reaction times, and better levels of concentration.

Contact Information

Karen Thomas
  • Extension Educator, Food, Families & Health
Phone: 570-963-6842