Many people think that exercise is something only overweight people need to do, and a lot of people exercise with the sole goal of losing weight. Even though exercise helps a great deal with weight loss, it also improves our health in many other ways such as reducing the risk of heart disease, lowering cholesterol levels, and reducing high blood pressure. While these conditions are associated with obesity, thin and sedentary people shouldn’t assume they are risk-free.
Just as you’d expect, lean exercisers have good cholesterol levels. However, thin people who don’t exercise have been found to have the same levels of LDL (the heart clogging kind of cholesterol) seen in obese people. Having high cholesterol and a risk of heart disease is more about how much exercise you get, rather than what your body mass index is.
Exercise also helps protect against viruses and disease. In the short term, regular cardiovascular activity can help to boost the immune system, and in turn makes you less susceptible to viruses such as the common cold and influenza, as well as helping to protect against any kind of infection. In the long term, regular exercise makes the body overall healthier by lowering the risks of serious issues such as strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, and even cancer.
Exercise is also a great energy booster. It can help to burn away fatigue and raise energy levels. People who work out more often find they sleep better and are more refreshed during the day. If you’re suffering from mental disorders such as depression or anxiety, exercising allows you to disconnect and alleviate stress and relax the mind. Endorphins are released after exercise which are helpful in battling depression.
Finally, physical activity does keep the pounds off. Most thin people who are sedentary have a fast metabolism, and in some cases this is for life, but for many of us as we age, our metabolisms will slow down and we will inevitably gain weight. So it’s in everyone’s best interest to get in the habit of working out and keeping those pounds off.
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