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Advantages Of Exercise

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Exercise has many advantages.

  • Exercise makes you feel empowered and in control.
  • Exercise maximizes your body's ability to fight your health condition.
  • Exercise fights symptoms of a health condition, treatments and/or drugs such as fatigue, nausea and depression.
  • Exercise helps in the healing process. It is often said that exercise is one of the least risky and most beneficial treatment options doctors have to offer cancer survivors. 
  • Exercise improves overall health when exercise is done on a regular basis by doing each of the following:
    • Acts as a natural booster of the immune system which helps the body keep infections and disease at bay.
    • Helps to improve sleep patterns and even bowel function.
    • Helps to normalize weight.
    • Increases appetite.
    • Raises levels of HDL, the "good" cholesterol.
    • Lowers blood pressure.
    • Helps delay or stop large blood vessel and heart (cardiovascular) disease.
  • Exercise has a positive influence on mood and quality of life by reducing anxiety, stress, and depression.
    • Studies show aerobic routines and weight lifting improve mood and are effective at fighting depression. As the Wall Street Journal put it in 2005: "In addition to the famous "runner's high" or endorphin surge that provides a temporary mood lift following a workout, the studies show that there is a round-the clock relief that sets in several weeks after the establishment of a regular exercise routine." And in 2010: Exercise "can decrease depression as effectively as Prozac or behavioral thearpy."
  • Exercise reduces symptoms of fatigue, nausea, pain and diarrhea.
  • Exercise improves body image by providing a greater sense of acceptance of an altered body. (For information about other ways to improve body image, click here.)
  • Exercise helps to control or lose weight.
  • Exercise decreases the risk of getting a variety of diseases such as heart disease. The American Heart Association has found that heart-attack patients have a significantly lower death rate in people who exercised more.
  • Exercise improves the chances of living after a diagnosis of a variety of diseases.
  • Exercise helps withstand the effects of most treatments.

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