The health benefit of exercise is well documented. People who routinely exercise feel better all over – mind and body. Apart from a few sore muscles from time to time, people who exercise regularly, consistently report that exercise makes them feel more alert, less fatigued, more energized, and stronger.
However people report on more than just the physical benefit of exercise, there are mental health benefits as well. Many people think they look better after exercising… even if they have not exercised regularly. That’s likely because exercising improves one’s mood, increases confidence and produces greater self esteem because of the endorphins…those mood altering hormones that are released during a workout.
Eating healthy and exercising, go hand in hand. One could say that these two components are the elixir of a long and healthy life. So stop looking for the fountain of youth in magic potions and lotions that only make your wallet leaner and start exercising and eating a whole food living food diet.
You’ll find that getting back to the basics…whole living foods and moderate exercise…will make you feel younger, stronger, more energetic and fight disease. As early as 400 BC Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was teaching his students and patients that:
“All parts of the body which have a function, if used in moderation and exercised in labours in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well-developed, and age more slowly, but if unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly.”
Current research supports Hippocrates’s observations from over 2400 years ago. Some specific health benefits of exercise include helping the body utilize insulin more efficiently and therefore exercise is useful in controlling type 2 diabetes. Exercise also helps prevent and protect the body against heart disease and stroke. Who wouldn’t want to reduce their risk of those diseases?
Another major health benefit of exercise is its role in fighting obesity…which is linked to numerous health related issues and diseases. In America, $100 billion per year are spent on obesity related health care costs and two out of three adults are overweight. To say obesity is a huge problem in the United States would be an understatement. Regular, moderate exercise and eating a healthy diet are the answers to the obesity problem and all that entails.
The health benefit of exercise varies depending on the type of exercise. For example, a benefit of aerobic exercise is a stronger cardiovascular system and a reduction in body fat. A benefit of weight training is strong muscles and bones. For seniors, weak muscles and bones may contribute greatly to a decline in health. So the health benefit of exercise and eating a whole food, plant based diet is not just for the young and the athletic, it is the elixir of good health and longevity for people of all ages.