30 September 16  |  Fitness   |  

Exercise Can Help Prevent These Diseases

Exercising on a regular basis is important for your well-being. Being in motion increases your endorphins and improves your mood, but more importantly exercise prevents diseases which have the potential to be life-threatening.

Improve Mental Health

Exercise is a wonderful social activity. Whether it is a round robin in tennis, a round of golf or a water aerobics class, participants do more than increase their heart rate. They feel good about themselves and as we age it is even more important to keep working on our mental health. Studies indicate that at least 30 minutes per week of aerobic and weight-bearing physical activity helps to keep our cognitive skills sharp and our bodies trim.

Maintain Weight Control

Everyone has watched the news reports about the staggering statistics in the increase in obesity. Physical activity and diet play a critical role in maintaining your weight. To maintain your weight, participate in moderate-intensity exercise for 150 minutes per week. Individuals with a slower metabolism may have to exercise more or at a higher intensity level. Obese individuals are at increased risk of stroke and blood clots. Aerobic exercise helps to reverse blood clot formation and even dissolves the clots.

Reduce High Blood Pressure and the Risk of Heart Disease

The leading causes of death in both men and women in the United States are heart disease and stroke. Following an exercise regimen of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise of 150 minutes per week can help to reduce your risk for both of these diseases. Regular exercise can also help to lower your blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels.

Alleviate Osteoporosis and Arthritis Pain

Bone-strengthening physical activity can slow the loss of bone density that comes with age. Regular physical activity also helps with arthritis and other joint pain. Participating in weekly low-impact aerobics and using a weight-resistance regimen will improve your quality of life and help you manage pain.

Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Diabetes is a growing concern in the United States. It affects people of all ages, but seniors present the highest diagnosis. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of too much fat around the waistline, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. A moderate-intensity workout of 150 minutes per week helps to reduce the risk of these conditions.

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Where to Begin

If you have been inactive for a period of time or suffer from a chronic health condition, consult your medical professional before beginning an exercise regimen. Even 60 minutes a week of physical activity provides health benefits.

Consult a Fitness Professional

The experienced fitness staff at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club’s Fitness Center knows that exercise prevents diseases and can help you meet your individual health and fitness goals. Whether you are interested in the health benefits provided by working with a personal trainer, joining an exercise class or playing tennis or golf, contact info@goldencala.com for more information.