Exercise

Overview

The benefits of regular physical exercise are remarkable. Exercise has the ability to add years to your life and add life to your years! There are countless numbers of studies showing that exercise can:

  • Extend Life Exercise, even at low to moderate levels of intensity, can extend your life by up to 4 years.
  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Moderate exercise can prevent type 2 diabetes by improving the ability of your body to utilize glucose.  Exercise also helps to maintain the correct body weight, decreasing the risk of developing diabetes.
  • Alleviate Depression Exercise can alleviate depression by stimulating the production of specific mood elevating neurotransmitters in the brain.
  • Keep Bones Strong Exercise, especially weight training, increases muscle mass, which is important in keeping bones strong and preventing osteoporosis.
  • Increase Testosterone Levels Exercise is a natural way to boost testosterone levels in both males and females. Testosterone is important in maintaining muscle mass and therefore strong bones. It also helps keep the immune system strong preventing colds, infections, and even cancer.
  • Improve Balance It is important to have good balance in order to prevent falls and associated injuries from falling. Every year, 2 million Americans visit the emergency room due to fall related injuries. Balance is also an important factor in almost every sport. Exercise improves balance in many ways.  For example, exercise can strengthen the core stabilization muscles, like the abdominals and back extensors and stimulate brain areas involved in proprioception. Read our article on vertigo.
  • Maintain Proper Body Weight Exercising burns calories and increases muscle mass, which helps maintain a proper body weight.
  • Increase Energy Levels During exercise, you are training your heart, lungs, and muscles to work more efficiently. When the body acts more efficiently, it requires less energy to function, leaving you with more energy to spend on other daily activities. Also, exercise is a natural way to get a quick boost of energy because it increases the blood flow to your vital organs and your brain.

  • Improve Sleep Exercise is great at balancing your neurotransmitters including those involved in sleeping. So, as long as you don't exercise too close to bedtime, exercise can improve the quality of your sleep and help you fall asleep faster.
How We Can Help

As you can see, exercise is a great way to reduce the risk of disease, regulate proper hormone and neurotransmitter levels, and control weight.

Also, it is important to know that exercise does not have to cost a lot of money or consume a lot of time in order for you to reap its benefits. For example, there are many health advantages to just walking outside for 20-30 minutes three days per week. For these reasons, and many more, Divine Design encourages everyone to start on a consistent exercise regimen. In fact, we provide our patients with individualized exercise plans tailored to their specific health goals and the encouragement necessary to stick to the plan.