There are numerous medical conditions and health related problems that can be alleviated by exercise and these are the most significant ones:
Allergies – Exercise is one of the body’s most efficient ways to control nasal congestion.
Angina – Aerobic exercise dilates vessels, increasing blood flow thereby improving the body’s ability to extract oxygen from the blood stream.
Anxiety – Exercise triggers the release of mood altering chemicals in the brain.
Arthritis – Exercise induces the manufacture of synovial fluid, helps to distribute it over the cartilage and forces it to circulate throughout the joint space.
Back Pain – Exercise helps to both strengthen the abdominal muscles and the lower back extensor muscles and stretch the hamstring muscles
Bursitis and Tendonitis – Exercise can strengthen the tendons.
Cancer – Exercise helps maintain ideal bodyweight and helps keep body fat to a minimum.
Cholesterol – Exercise helps to raise HDL (the good cholesterol) levels in the blood and lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels.
Constipation – Exercise strengthens the abdominal muscles, thereby making it easier to pass stool.
Depression – Exercise helps speed metabolism and deliver more oxygen to the brain, the improved level of circulation in the brain tends to enhance your mood.
Diabetes – Exercise helps lower excess blood sugar levels, strengthen muscles and heart, improve circulation, and reduce stress.
Fatigue – Exercise can help alleviate the fatigue causing effects of stress, poor circulation and blood oxygenation, bad posture and poor breathing habits.
Glaucoma – Exercise helps relieve intraocular hypertension – the pressure buildup on the eyeball that heralds the onset of glaucoma.
Headaches – Exercise helps force the brain to secrete more of the body’s opiate-like pain-dampening chemicals (e.g. endorphins and enkephalins).
Heart Disease – Exercise helps decrease body fat, lower LDL (bad cholesterol), increase the efficiency of heart and lungs, decrease blood pressure and lower heart rate.
Insomnia – Exercise helps reduce muscular tension and stress.
Knee problems – Exercise helps strengthen the structures attendant to the knee (muscles, tendons and ligaments).
Lung Disease – Exercise helps strengthen the muscles associated with breathing and helps boost the oxygen levels in the blood.
Memory problems – Exercise helps to improve cognitive ability by increasing the blood and oxygen flow to the brain.
Menstrual Problems and PMS – Exercise helps to control the hormonal imbalances often associated with PMS by increasing the release of beta-endorphins.
Osteoporosis – Exercise promotes bone density.
Overweight Problems – Exercise increases metabolic rate, burns fat, increases lean muscle mass and improves self-esteem.
Varicose Veins – Exercise can help control the level of
discomfort caused by existing varicose veins and help prevent getting any additional varicose veins.
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