Benefits of Exercise

We know it's good but perhaps for reasons we weren't aware.

If you are having trouble getting started on exercise, the December 2012 issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter has a lot of good reasons. This newsletter regularly puts out good health information based upon peer reviewed research. Here's what there review of the research shows for exercise.

Strong Evidence

Lower risk of early death

Lower risk of coronary heart disease

Lower risk of stroke

Lower risk of high blood pressure

Lower risk of adverse blood lipid profile

Lower risk of type 2 diabetes

Lower risk of metabolic syndrome

Lower risk of colon cancer

Lower risk of breast cancer

Prevention of weight gain

Weight loss, particularly when combines with reduced calorie intake

Improved cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness

Prevention of falls

Reduced depression

Better cognitive function(for older adults)

Moderate to Strong Evidence

Better functional health (for older adults)

Reduced abdominal obesity

Moderate Evidence

Lower risk of hip fracture

Lower risk of lung cancer

Lower risk of endometrial cancer

Weight maintenance after weight loss

Increased bone density

Improved sleep quality