Washington, Mar 5 : Exercising might not stop the clock of aging, but it surely can slower its pace. The benefits of keeping fit have long been known, and now, a new article offers a recap on many advantages of regular exercise.
According to the article published in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, exercise provides energy.
The article stated that lack of energy is largely a result of inactivity. Endurance exercises such as walking, swimming, jogging, biking and rowing improve stamina and energy.
Exercise also encourages well-being, stated the article. There's considerable evidence that regular physical activity can help reduce stress, manage mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety, improve sleep, boost mood and enhance the overall sense of well being.
And the foremost and the most well known fact about exercising is also mentioned in the article: Takes off pounds and keeps them off.
Burning more calories than consumed can reduce body fat. And exercise raises metabolism during the activity and after. In the long term, both factors help maintain weight loss.
Another benefit of physical activity mentioned in the article is: Promotes firm bodies.
A regular strength-training program can help maintain muscle mass and tone and counteract the effects of gravity and aging.
Many other advantages of exercise have been mentioned in the article, which include- boosts immune system, prevents diseases, improves mental function and increases overall life expectancy.