Sep 25, 2014: Regular exercise is beneficial for all women as well as men. Today we will discuss about the health benefits of regular exercise for men:-
Improve Cholesterol: As most men get older, cholesterol numbers begin to move in the wrong direction. Levels of so-called bad cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), gradually increase. Levels of good cholesterol, called high-density lipoprotein (HDL), tend to fall. Unfortunately, that combination of high LDL and low HDL is one of the leading risk factors for heart disease. Exercise is the single best way to boost good HDL cholesterol.
Lower Triglycerides: Triglycerides are a form of fat found in the blood. Rising triglyceride levels are associated with increased risk of heart disease. The study found the most active men also had the lowest triglyceride levels.
Lower Risk Of High Blood Pressure: As blood pressure climbs, the risk of heart disease and stroke accelerates. Unfortunately, blood pressure levels typically climb as men get older. But they don’t have to. The more physically active the volunteers are, the lower their risk of developing high blood pressure or hypertension.
Reduced Inflammation: Regular exercise has been shown to reduce levels of C-reactive protein, a measure of inflammation. That matters because cholesterol-laden plaques on the lining of arteries are most likely to break off and cause heart attacks when they become inflamed.
Better Blood Vessels: To respond to changing demands for oxygen, blood vessels must be flexible enough to widen and narrow. Smoking, cholesterol build-up, and ageing tend to stiffen vessels, increasing heart attack risk. A growing number of studies show that exercise training helps maintain the ability of blood vessels to open and constrict in response to changing physical demands.
Lower Risk Of Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes, fuelled mostly by too much body fat, is one of the biggest health worries on the horizon. Staying active can help you keep the weight off. But research shows that even for people who are overweight or obese, exercise reduces the risk of diabetes.
A Hedge Against Colon Cancer: Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in men. Approximately 80% of cases of this disease could be prevented, experts say. A healthier diet (with more fibre and whole grains) is part of the prescription. But exercise is just as important as diet. Physical activity may reduce colon cancer risk by as much as 30 to 40%.
Strong Bones: Another unwelcome effect of ageing is thinning bones, which can lead to a greater risk of fractures. In a study that followed 3,262 men from their 40s to 60s, strenuous physical activity dramatically lowered the risk of hip fractures.
Weight Loss: If vanity is enough to nudge you to the gym, consider this a lifetime of regular physical activity, even activities as simple as walking half an hour most days, can help keep your tummy from bulging over your belt.