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Aerobic Exercise (cont.)

Benefits of Regular Aerobic Exercise

You will accrue many health and fitness benefits if you perform regular aerobic exercise. Here's a partial list:

  • Burns calories (see below for calorie expenditure of different activities)
  • Improves endurance
  • Reduces the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes
  • Lowers moderately high blood pressure
  • Improves bone density (particularly weight-bearing activities like walking)
  • Reduces the risk of certain cancers (breast, colon)
  • Improves the likelihood of surviving a heart attack
  • Alleviates symptoms of depression (in some cases as effectively as medication or psychotherapy)
  • Reduces body fat
  • Can improve balance and performance of activities of daily living (for example, shopping, cleaning, playing with grandkids)
  • Can reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis
  • Increase HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol)
  • Decreased blood triglycerides
  • Improve weight control
  • Improve glucose tolerance and reduce insulin resistance
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2014

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