Fitness increases dramatically and reduces the chance of developing chronic illnesses which develop over time including heart disease and type 2 diabetes or even cancer. “The most important thing to do to aid in preventing almost every type of disease is fitness” claims Grayson Wickham, DPT, CSCS the co-founder of Movement Vault, a mobility and movement business in New York City.

In 2007 ACSM joined forces in 2007 with American Medical Association to launch the Exercise is Medicine initiative that aimed at making assessment of physical activity a as part of the routine medical care and providing exercise tools for all levels. “The research-based benefits of physical exercise remain undisputed, and they are as effective as any medication in the prevention and treatment of many chronic medical and autoimmune diseases,” the initiative’s website mentions.

Here’s a rundown of these advantages:

Exercise Increases Your mood

Exercise regularly has found to help fight anxiety and depression as per research. Furthermore, other studies have shown that exercise can assist in the treatment of depression and assist in treating depression, according to in a research article. Exercise could reduce inflammation, which has been proven to be elevated in people who suffer from depression. It’s possible that physical activity can cause beneficial changes to the brain as well, according to the researchers.

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Exercise is good for Sleep

Regular exercise can help to sleep better in the night. Of the 34 studies that were part of an extensive review, 29 concluded that exercise enhanced sleep quality and was linked to longer slumber. It could help you establish your body’s timer (so that you’re awake and sleepy at the appropriate time) as well as trigger changes in the chemical system within the brain that encourage sleep and, as previous research suggests, help reduce anxiety before bed that can keep you awake.

It’s important to remember however that intense exercise that is done near to time for bed (within around one hour or so) could make it harder for certain people to fall asleep and should be performed early in the morning.

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Exercise Promotes Long-Term Health

Exercise has been proven to improve bone and brain health, maintain the mass of muscles (so that you’re not weak as you get older) as well as improve sexual quality of life, enhance gastrointestinal function and decrease the chance of developing many illnesses like stroke and cancer. The study of over 116,000 adults revealed that the recommended 150-300 minutes of exercise per week cut down the chance of dying from any reason in 19 percent.

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Fitness Can Help You Manage Chronic Disease

Exercise can help the body function as it should, which also is a part of managing other chronic health issues. Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the event that you suffer from osteoarthritis, high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or dementia, or been diagnosed with cancer or a stroke exercise can be beneficial. Exercise can reduce pain, increase the sensitivity of insulin and blood sugar control, improve mobility and improve your heart health. decrease the risk of chronic illnesses and can play a part in maintaining a healthy mental state.

If you suffer from a chronic illness and are seeking to be active or be healthier, then a regular walking routine is usually a good way to begin. “The majority of people don’t require the approval of their physician to begin walking, unless the doctor has explicitly told you that they do not need you to exercise,” says Sallis.

He believes that more people were looking at fitness as a basis and adds that: “You need to get permission from your physician to exercise, not in order to do any exercise.” He says.

If you are exhausted, have chest pains, or any other symptoms that are concerning consult your doctor.

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