The Benefits of Exercise

ExercisesBenefits of regular exercise

Reduces your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes and obesity

Keeps joints, tendons and ligaments flexible so it’s easier to move around

Reduces some of the effects of aging

Contributes to your mental well-being and helps treat depression

Helps relieve stress and anxiety

Increases your energy and endurance

Helps you sleep better

Helps you maintain a normal weight by increasing your metabolism (the rate you burn calories)

Tips that will help you start regular exercise

Choose something you like to do.

Get a partner. Exercising with someone else can make it more fun.

Vary your routine. You may be less likely to get bored or injured if you change your routine.

Choose a comfortable time of day. Don’t work out too soon after eating or when it’s too hot or cold outside. Wait until later in the day if you’re too stiff in the morning.

Don’t get discouraged. It can take weeks or months before you notice some of the changes from exercise.

Forget "no pain, no gain." While a little soreness is normal after you first start exercising, pain isn’t. Stop if you hurt.

Make exercise fun. Read, listen to music or watch TV while riding a stationary bicycle, for example. Find fun things to do, like taking a walk through the zoo. Go dancing. Learn how to play tennis.