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Reset your body with a Spring Cleaning - Exercise edition

I’m not talking about an exfoliation, I’m talking about healing yourself from the inside out by finding and utilizing an exercise program to promote health. (But that garage probably needs some work, too).

Exercise can help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, including:

  1. Heart disease

  2. Type 2 diabetes

  3. Obesity

  4. Many types of cancer

  5. Depression and anxiety

  6. Dementia

  7. High blood pressure

  8. Osteoporosis

Find your new favorite Exercise program and enjoy the following benefits:

  1. Increases metabolism to burn calories by increasing oxidation (breakdown & use) of fat.

  2.  Improves blood sugar control. With inactivity the body becomes more resistant to insulin, increasing the risk for type 2 diabetes.

  3. Improves immune system function.

  4. Protects the body from cancer & increases digestive efficiency, reducing the incidence of colon cancer 30-40%. Decreases women's risk of endometriosis by 50%.

  5. Increases aerobic capacity.

  6. Develops new blood vessels in the heart & muscles.

  7. Increases hemoglobin level for better oxygen transport.

  8. Decreases blood pressure, increases HDL (good) cholesterol, & decreases chance of blood clots, heart disease & stroke.

  9. Maintains, tones & strengthens muscles & increases muscular endurance. Inactivity causes muscles to atrophy, particularly for women in their 40s & men in their 50s.

  10. Increases bone strength. Lack of activity leads to bone weakness, osteoporosis & bone loss.

  11. Increases thickness of joint cartilage.

  12. Increases blood flow to the skin.

  13. Improves sleep patterns.

  14. Decreases risk of cognitive decline & dementia.

  15. Decreases risk of depression & symptoms of those already depressed. 

Not sure what to do? Start by utilizing a combination of aerobic and strength training. The Mayo Clinic recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week. Or get at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. As for strength, do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week.

Looking for a great gym setting that supplies a program for all you need? Check out our next door neighbor, CrossFit Pleasanton:

Prior to starting a rigorous exercise program, be sure to check in with your medical doctor to ensure it is safe to do so.

Lastly, make sure to check in with us here at Sports Plus and get your body tuned up and ready for your spring cleaning.

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