Back to the Basics: Movement posted on June 14, 2013 ask the pharmacistback to basicsBenefits of exerciseexercisejoe dimatteo Share this Post Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Plus In this third segment of the Back to Basics Series, Joe DiMatteo discusses the importance of getting our bodies to move. Joe highlights some of the important issues as to “why” we should exercise. Exercise is key to overall health. People who exercise typically tend to live longer. Unfortunately, our society is more sedentary than ever. God made out bodies to move, and we need to understand why that it. 1. Weight • Exercise is can help control and manage weight, as well as promote weight loss. • The more you can exercise, the better. • Can even help with blood pressure 2. Cholesterol • Exercise is great way to manage cholesterol. • Can help decrease the LDL levels (bad cholesterol) • Best way to drop triglycerides 3. Insulin Resistance or Metabolic Syndrome • Exercise can help fight against insulin resistance. • Eating the wrong goods and being sedentary forces your body to produce more insulin, which leads to insulin resistance. • This can lead to Type II diabetes on set, increase of cardiovascular disease, and other issues. 4. Mood, Depression, & Sleep • 30-40 minutes of aerobic exercise can improve the quality of your sleep. • Exercise can also minimize depression and anxiety disorders. • Body makes serotonin when you exercise through oxygenation • Anxiety levels can be reduced with consistent exercise. • Raise endorphins with more aggressive types of exercise. 5. Energy • Exercise improves overall energy level. • Oxygenate tissues. 6. Physical Strength • People begin to lose muscle and bone mass around the age of 35-40. • Exercise helps maintain the build new muscle and connective tissue components to decrease frailty. • Stretching, band, and light dumbbells are a great place to start, no matter what your ability level. 7. Ability to Reduce Stress • Exercise can help temper stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline. Aerobic exercise (walking, biking, jogging, swimming) suppresses Greghlin and Peptide Y. This reduces your appetite. Resistance training reduces Greghlin significantly, as well. With resistance training helps burn calories up to 12 hours post activity. You need a balance of both types of exercise. Exercise helps improve neurogenesis. This stimulation of new brain cells is important for everyone, but especially children. Movement can also increase blood flow to the brain. Research shows exercise can “clear the mind.” Exercise has implications for exercise in mental illness. For example, exercise can be an antidote for ADHD symptoms in children. These are just a few of the reasons why is it crucial for people to exercise and move!