The Benefits of Exercise

As you undoubtedly know, exercise is a vital component for your general health. What you might not know is that regular exercise is also a vital component to looking–and feeling–young.

THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR EXERCISE

    • Weight Control: Exercise helps control your weight by burning calories–as well as paying close attention to your daily diet.
    • Reduction in Heart Disease Risk: Regular exercise will strengthen your heart, which is, after all, a muscle. When you exercise, the oxygen levels in your blood increase, which also helps lower your risk for heart disease, and helps keep your blood pressure within a normal range.
    • Lower Blood Sugar & Insulin Levels: Exercise has been shown to lower blood sugar levels by “burning” the sugars in your blood. For those with Type 2 Diabetes, this is an important aspect to control your H1C.
    • Exercise Helps Tobacco Cessation: Many people find that they gain weight after they quit smoking. Engaging in regular exercise can reduce cravings and help limit the amount of weight you might gain if you stop smoking.
    • Increase Mood and Mental Health: The release of endorphins during and after exercising have been shown to improve mood and induce relaxation, both of which can help you deal with stress and fight the symptoms of depression.
    • Keeps Your Brain Sharp: Exercise enables your body to release specific chemicals and proteins that improve the brain’s function.
    • Strengthen Muscles & Bones:  Exercising regularly has been shown to help children build strong bones but as we age, it can also slow the loss of bone density that often occurs with aging. It’s a wonderful way to maintain muscle mass, which otherwise decreases with age.
    • Exercise Improves Sleep: Studies have shown that regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

So, now that you know that regular, consistent exercise can benefit you in numerous ways, what are you doing to give yourself these free benefits? I believe that all our plastic surgery patients in Valparaiso, Merrillville, Munster, and Crown Point are committed to not just looking good, but enjoying the benefits of regular exercise to optimize their health!

To Your Health and Beauty,

Gustavo Galante, MD
NW Indiana Plastic Surgeon

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