Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Friday, March 11, 2011 • Greentown, OH 44630
The physiological benefits of an aerobic exercise program can be summed up in one word... EFFICIENCY. As a result of aerobic exercise, the body is able to do more with less effort. The perception of work intensity is less, while the same amount of work is being done (maybe even more). These efficiently working body systems, such as the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, etc. are the consequence of the continuous, repetitive, rhythmical actions of large muscle activities (aerobic exercise). These benefits may prevent illnesses, such as coronary artery disease, etc. Exercise is not a guarantee for good health and longevity of life, but by improving the quality of one's life and assuming that the mind and body are not separate entities, we may be able to affect disease processes, prognoses, and prevention. If this can be affected in just small amounts, health would improve, leading these and many more benefits: Financial: 1. Reduced insurance premiums due to reduced hospitalizations and claims 2. Reduced work sick days 3. More work productivity Heart: 1. Reduced resting heart rate 2. Reduced heart rate during exercise 3. Reduced rate of heart rate recovery after exercise 4. Increased heart muscle size 5. Increased blood supply to heart muscle 6. Increased amount of blood pumped per heart beat Blood Vessels and Blood Chemistry: 1. Reduced blood pressure, if originally elevated 2. Reduced serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels 3. Increased blood supply to muscles 4. More efficient exchange of nutrients (O2 and CO2) in muscles Lungs: 1. Increased functional capacity during exercise 2. Increased blood supply 3. Decreased non-functional volume of lungs 4. Increased diffusion of respiratory gases (O2 and CO2) Neural, Endocrine and Metabolic Function: 1. Increased glucose tolerance 2. Reduced strain and nervous tension resulting from psychological stress 3. Reduced body fat content 4. Increased lean body weight (muscle) 5. Increased maximal oxygen consumption Stress 1. Reduced neuro-muscular tension 2. Reduced anxiety levels 3. Increased restful sleep patterns 4. Increased emotional stability Miscellaneous 1. Reduced chance of coronary heart disease, therefore heart attacks 2. Reduced chance of sudden death should a heart attack occur 3. Improved quality of life