Exercise is Powerful Medicine

Exercise is more than just a tool for weight loss!

We had a chance to meet up with Erin Gaertner, RN, and learn 7 ways that exercise is powerful medicine. Although many of us think of exercise as a means for maintaining or losing weight, Nurse Erin reminds us that good things happen to your health from day one of your exercise program–even before the scale begins to show results.

1) Heart Health – Regular physical activity can help decrease your risk of many heart-related diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and stroke. Exercise increases your high density lipoproteins (good cholesterol) and lowers your triglycerides.

2) Blood Sugar – Exercise can help manage your blood sugar levels, whether you have diabetes or not.

3) Mood – Exercise is an all-natural mood enhancer. Exercise releases endorphins and other “feel good” brain chemicals that can relieve stress and give you an emotional boost! Not all workouts have to be intense in order to generate the good feeling–even a 20-minute walk or a gardening session can help!

4) Energy – Building your endurance and stamina will improve how efficiently your body works to get everyday tasks done. Improving the efficiency of your heart and lungs will give you more energy!

5) Sleep – Those who exercise have better quality of sleep. It’s easier to fall asleep, stay asleep, and sleep more deeply.

6) Brain Function – Regular physical activity helps  enhance learning and defend against memory loss and cognitive decline.

7) Bone Density – Both men and women can experience loss of bone density as we age. Certain exercises are proven to slow bone loss and prevent the onslaught of osteoporosis.

Ask an acac p.r.e.p. team member what exercise can do for you and your health!