Your fitness program could save your life
Your lung fitness lets you breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.
Your cardiovascular fitness promotes blood circulating throughout your body providing nutrients to every cell and removing waste.
Your memory and thinking depend on your cerebrovascular fitness.
Just moving through life’s daily activities depends on the fitness of your peripheral nerves, muscles, and skeletal systems.
Scientific research on fitness program benefits
There are thousands of studies on human fitness and exercise benefits. Here’s a sampling of them:
Reviewed studies showed improvements of up to 75% reduction of breast cancer, 49% reduction of heart disease, 35% reduction of diabetes, and 23% reduction of colorectal cancer.
Studies also showed that regular physical activity was two times more effective in preventing weight gain than inactivity (Kruk J, Asian Pacific Journal Cancer Prevention, 2007).
In a six year study of 24,444 postmenopausal women, those who had the highest amounts of five lifestyle factors had 77% less heart attacks.
The greatest protection from heart attack was with at least 40 minutes of daily walking or bicycling, in addition to one hour of moderate exercise workouts per week.
The other protective lifestyle factors were a healthy diet, maintaining healthy weight, restricting alcohol to moderate amounts, and no smoking (Akesson A, Archives Internal Medicine, 2007).
Studies looking at genetic involvement in exercise benefits target the gene that codes VGF nerve growth factor, a protein precursor.
Now preliminary animal research shows that this gene and the protein VGF nerve growth factor are related to strong antidepressant action also, which opens many new doors for research (Everitt AV, Clinical Interv. Aging, 2006).
Your lifestyle benefits
There you have it.
Daily exercise helps keep you alive, makes you healthier, makes you feel good, and can save money too.
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