Dr. Victor Emanuel MD

Dr. Victor Emanuel MD

If exercise is not part of every adult’s vocabulary, we all hear about it almost on a daily basis, probably from our doctors. And especially those with diabetes, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, among many other conditions.

So, why exercise? To begin with, exercise releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals. And sleep improves when you exercise. Here are some rewards of exercise, in addition to these.


If you’re cranky, get moving. Exercise makes you feel happier. As I just said, when you work out, your body makes endorphins – “feel-good” chemicals in the brain. You can actually start to feel better within a few minutes of moving. Those of you who are into exercising know this is true. Mowing my lawn does exactly this for me. The effects of regular exercise can last for a long time.


You might not expect it, but using energy to exercise gives you more get-up-and-go. Often when you’re tired, the last thing you want to do is move at all. But when you exercise regularly, that fatigue goes away and you find yourself with a lot more pep.


Get regular exercise to help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. The harder you exercise, the more likely you are to have a good night’s sleep. It doesn’t matter when you exercise, as long as you don’t have trouble sleeping. If you do have problems, though, work out earlier in the day.


The success of walking a mile or running your first 5K can boost your self esteem and make you ready to conquer anything. Exercise makes you feel good about yourself.


Exercise calms your body and your brain. When your body works hard, the levels of stress hormones –like adrenaline and cortisol – drop. Stress and anxiety fade away, especially after aerobic exercise.


If you want to be more efficient at work, and I’m sure you do, take a break and get some exercise. One study showed that people who got moving in the middle of the day were much more productive when they went back to work. They also were happier and got along better with their co-workers.


Exercise and diet work together to keep your weight healthy. Whether you want to lose some inches around the waist or just avoid putting on some extra pounds, exercise is the key. Try to work out 30 minutes most days of the week.


Regular exercise can add years to your life. And that counts even if you’re not a hard-core fitness buff. All you have to do is just get moving. Even a little exercise can help you live longer than not exercising at all. The American Heart Association says each hour of exercise adds 2 hours to your life.


Your bones and muscles get stronger when you work out. It’s especially important to do weight-bearing exercises, such as weight-lifting, tennis, walking and dancing. This can help build bones as you get older. And it can help ward off osteoporosis and protect your balance and co-ordination.


It’s surely no secret that exercise is great for your heart. Regular exercise lowers your risk of heart disease, improve your blood cholesterol level, and help control and even prevent high blood pressure.


Regular exercise can cut your risk of some cancers, including colon, breast, and lung. And people who have cancer have better quality of life when they exercise.


If you have arthritis, regular exercise can help ease your pain. And it can make your daily activities easier. Try non-impact exercises like swimming. They can be easy on sore joints.

So there you have 12 rewards of exercise. Including long life, an impressive list of rewards, I’d say.
So start getting moving, not tomorrow, but start today.

See you soon.