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5 More Benefits of Regular Exercise

If you’re like most people, your motivation for joining Cape Carteret Aquatic & Wellness is to lose weight and get in shape. While those are certainly worthwhile goals, hitting the gym consistently offers numerous health benefits that you may not have considered. You have probably heard that exercise is a natural cure for depression. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that interact with the receptors in your brain. This can help to naturally balance levels of serotonin that could be causing a prolonged depressed mood.

Here are five other health benefits to making exercise part of your everyday life:

1 – It helps to prevent osteoporosis by stimulating cells in the bones of your hips, spine, and legs when your feet hit the ground. Without these exercises, your bones are naturally subject to thinning over the years. You can have an even greater impact on preventing osteoporosis when you engage in high-impact activities such as tennis, jumping rope, and dancing. Strength training is yet another way you can keep your bones from becoming too brittle.

2 – It reduces blood pressure, even if you already have pre-hypertension or hypertension. That is because it makes it easier for blood to flow more freely through your blood vessels. Strength training, walking, swimming, and cycling are all ideal to lowering blood pressure.

3 – Physical activity can reduce the risk of colon cancer by up to 25 percent as well as breast cancer and endometrial cancer by up to 20 percent. It also reduces the risk of colon polyps that can lead to colon cancer.

4 – If you have pre-diabetes or diabetes, regular exercise is an excellent way to lower your blood sugar. That is because it increases your body’s sensitivity to insulin so it can make better use of it. Although you should always follow your doctor’s advice regarding medication, you may be able to delay starting on diabetes medication or take a smaller dose just by exercising. Another benefit is that it helps you lose weight, which is critical for good diabetes management.

5 – It helps to prevent neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and stroke. People with Parkinson’s lack the brain chemical dopamine, which exercise helps to increase. By exercising strenuously at least 30 minutes a day, you can also decrease your risk of stroke by 20 percent.

These are just some of the health benefits you can experience when you start exercising. As a member of our gym, you can come in 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need help deciding on an exercise routine or want to know more about our equipment, just ask.

Want to Look and Feel Young? Start Interval Training

 

While you can’t stop time from moving forward and thus getting older, you can control the speed at which your body ages. According to a recent article published on CNN Health that reviewed a Mayo Clinic study on exercise, high-intensity interval training slows the body’s aging process. That is because this type of exercise encourages your cells to produce proteins at a higher rate. More proteins naturally increase your energy level.

While the author of the study quoted on CNN Health states that any type of exercise beats being sedentary, he points out that high-intensity interval training is especially useful to fight the effects of aging. High-intensity interval training can best be described as intense aerobic activity in short bursts while engaged in more moderate exercise. An example of this is sprinting at high intensity for up to a minute in the middle of your more moderately paced jog.
What You Can Learn from the Mayo Clinic Study

Both older and younger participants in the study displayed increased energy and lower levels of insulin sensitivity, a key indicator of diabetes. The study also dug deeper into the role of proteins as they relate to energy production and aging. All proteins sustain environmental damage and must eventually be replaced. When a person is sedentary, the quantity and quality of protein molecules decrease and cause health, mobility, and intellectual functioning to decline. Exercise, particularly high-intensity interval training, offsets this effect.

Since protein molecules support every cell in your body, increasing them through exercise just makes sense. For younger people, interval training can act as preventive medicine against diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other serious health conditions. Older people may be able to reverse the effects of disease by improving protein molecule production. At the very least, exercise helps to maintain skeletal muscle in people over age 65. This can help them avoid problems with weak bones so common in the older population.
Interval Training Exercises to Incorporate into Your Routine

Are you ready to start high-intensity interval exercises but don’t know where to start? Try some of these:

• Jumping rope
• Climbing stairs
• Sprints
• Burpees
• Pull ups
• Push ups

The benefit of these exercises is that they allow you to start slow, build your intensity, and then even out at a more moderate pace. If you would like more suggestions or want to start working with a personal trainer, speak to any staff member at Cape Carteret Aquatic and Wellness.