Aging affects all systems of the body. Research and science have proven that people do not grow too old to exercise, but rather grow old from lack of exercise. The effects of exercise are beneficial to every system in your body.

The cardiovascular system will benefit from exercise, your body’s work capacity will increase, resting heart rate will decrease, total cholesterol will decrease, HDL cholesterol will increase, there will be a decrease in blood pressure and an increase in oxygen consumption.

The benefits seen in the respiratory system with exercise are decrease in minute ventilation, increase in vital capacity and decrease in respiratory exchange ratio.

The skeletal system benefits seen from performing exercise are increase in bone density, increase in flexibility, increase in range of motion increase in muscle tone and an increase in coordination.

The benefits seen in the muscular system with exercise, strength training in particular are increase in muscular size, strength, and strong bones. Reduces the risk of colon cancer and diabetes, and allows individuals the opportunity to maintain independence.

With regular exercise the benefits seen in body composition are decreased risk for cardiovascular disease; increase in resting metabolism decreased risk for type 2 diabetes and decreased risk for orthopedic injury.

Not only good physiological benefits occur with regular exercise but improved mental health as well to include:

  • Improved ability to perform Daily Living Activities
  • Increased social interaction
  • Decreased levels of anxiety
  • Increased self esteem
  • Decreased levels of depression
  • Improved body image
  • Improved motivation

So as you can see the benefits of regular exercise are numerous. Most likely if you are reading this article you are currently not engaging in an exercise program. I encourage you to read this website and gather the information you need to get started on a program or if you like, contact me at for further information on hiring your own fitness professional.

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